President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday joined the family and friends of late  Anglican Church minister Prof John Samuel Mbiti in mourning his demise. 

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In a statement, the President said Mbiti was a great philosopher, scholar and author.

"We've lost a great Kenyan. A great man who went against all odds to become a successful scholar, writer and priest. He was a role model and an ambassador of the Kenyan brand abroad," the President said.

Mbiti died in Switzerland on Sunday after a long battle with illness. He was a theologian and philosophy professor at the University of Bern.

Mbiti will be remembered for his great contribution towards religion during his days. 

He made history when he became the first African to translate the Bible into Kamba language. 

The late Mbiti earned a doctorate degree in philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1963. 

Upon completion of his education, Mbiti worked in different institutions in the country as well as overseas including teaching theology at Makerere University between 1964 and 1974. 

Leaders from different parts of the nation have send their condolences to the family of the deceased professor.