UK Deputy High Commissioner shares condolences following death of Bethuel Kiplagat

Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat (left) at the Service Excellence Awards 2014 Gala Dinner. Photo: Twitter/seawards_ke

The United Kingdom’s Deputy High Commissioner, John Murton, has taken to Twitter to express his condolences following the news that former Kenyan High Commissioner to the UK Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat had passed away aged 81 at a Nairobi hospital after long illness.

Through his Twitter account, Mr Murton said: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Ambassador Kiplagat. We will miss his wisdom and striving for peace.”

During his career, Kiplagat has worked with the National Christian Council of Kenya, served as an Ambassador to France, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC).

Former President Mwai Kibaki picked him to head TJRC, but Kiplagat later stepped down in November 2010 after being pressured to resign by fellow commissioners, civil society groups, human rights activists and the general public. Kiplagat was later reinstated as TJRC chairman after the Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa brokered a truce between him and the other commissioners.

Kiplagat was also the chair of the board of the African Medical and Research Foundation and worked with Kenya’s Special Envoy to the Somalia peace process.