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Uhuru mourns US Congressman John Lewis

President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined world leaders in mourning American civil rights crusader and long-serving Congressman John Lewis.

Lewis, 80, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Saturday.

In his message of condolences President Kenyatta said the death of the Congressman had robbed the world of an inspirational politician whose achievements helped shape the career of many renowned global leaders.

“President Kenyatta wished God’s comfort to the family of the Congressman, members of his Democratic Party and his supporters during this difficult period of grief,” read part of the statement from State House.

Lewis had dedicated his life to the fight for racial equality and justice and worked closely with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s, the high water mark of the civil rights movement in the US. He became a congressman in 1987.