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Uhuru, Ruto mourn Dr Richard Leakey

Dr Richard Leakey is a renown conservationist who served as Head of Public Service, Director of National Museums and Chairman of KWS.

 President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) and  Richard Leakey (left) pose for the press after the president lit on fire parts of an estimated 105 tonnes of ivory and a tonne of rhino horn confiscated from smugglers and poachers at the Nairobi National Park near Nairobi, Kenya, April 30, 2016.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the dealth of Dr Richard Erskine Frere Leakey, Kenya's former Head of Public Service.

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In a statement on January 2, 2022, President Kenyatta described Dr Leakey a globally renown Kenyan paleoanthropologist and conservationist.

He served the country with distinction in several public service roles among them as Director of the National Museums of Kenya and Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service Board of Directors.

Besides his distinguished career in the public service, Dr Leakey is celebrated for his prominent role in Kenya's vibrant civil society where he founded and successfully ran a number of institutions among them the conservation organization WildlifeDirect.

"On behalf of the people of Kenya, my family and on my own behalf, I send heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and associates of Dr. Richard Leakey during this difficult period of mourning. May God the Almighty grant the soul of Dr Richard Leakey eternal rest," President Kenyatta said.

DP Ruto Eulogises Dr Leakey.

Deputy President William Ruto eulogised Dr Leakey as a talented, industrious and determined Paleoanthropologist and Conservationist who pursued his commitments with zeal.

"He fought bravely for a better country through his efforts in conservation, politics and public service, often excelling in different fields and inspiring many Kenyans with his loyalty to his country. He loved Kenya. Rest in Peace Dr Richard Leakey," read Ruto's statement.

Two Kidney Transplants.

According to Adrian Blomfield, correspondent for The Economist, Dr Leakey he had two kidney transplants and lost both his legs in a 1993 plane crash that he believed was a failed assassination.

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