It is with deep sorrow and shock that we at the UNEP family learnt of the demise of Hon. John Michuki, who until then was the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources in the Government of Kenya.
Over time, we came to admire the late John Michuki's zeal and passion for a clean, secure and sustainably managed environment. A case in point is his seemless and tireless efforts to clean up the Nairobi River. Other initiatives included safe gold mining methods to eliminate mercury release; the national environment education and awareness Initiative; the urban solid waste management initiative, just to mention a few.
The world will truly miss a champion of environmental conservation and protection.
To the family, we wish to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We share in your sorrow with love, friendship and support.
To the people of Kenya, we can only say "pole". May you find comfort and strength in each other's love throughout this difficult time.
To the rest of us, I say, the greatest compliment to someone who has passed is to keep their memory alive. Hon. Michuki was committed to a green environment - and may we carry on with what he truly loved!