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Kalonzo mourns ex-US Secretary of State Colin Powell

“We became more than diplomatic counterparts; we were friends,” he said.

In Summary

•Kalonzo said he first got to know Powell when he mediated peace talks that ended the 20 years of civil war in Sudan.

•The former VP remembered Powell as a man who walked the talk and served his country and the international community with honour and distinction.

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka speaking during a meeting with OKA officials and Mt Kenya delegates on October 7, 2021.
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka speaking during a meeting with OKA officials and Mt Kenya delegates on October 7, 2021.
Image: MERCY MUMO

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has mourned the death of Colin Powell, who was the first black United States Secretary of State.

In a statement, Kalonzo said he first got to know Powell when he mediated peace talks that ended the 20 years of civil war in Sudan.

“We became more than diplomatic counterparts; we were friends,” he said.

“It greatly saddened me to learn of the passing on of former U.S Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from Covid-19 complications.”

The former VP remembered Powell as a man who walked the talk and served his country and the international community with honour and distinction.

Powell, a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state who saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, has died from complications from Covid-19. He was 84.

The retired four-star general and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff served four US presidents.

His death was confirmed by his family on Monday.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," read the family statement.

The family statement said Powell who died of Covid-19 complications had been fully vaccinated.