Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday eulogised former ambassador Mwanyengela Ngali as a civil servant who served the country devoid of political affiliation.
Mr Odinga said Kenya has lost a career civil servant who fought bad governance with dedication for the good of the nation.
"Public servants while still serving should not have political affiliations the way the late Ngali did."
The CORD leader added, "Those left behind have a duty to follow in his footsteps."
NARC Kenya party leader Martha Karua said she new the late as a person of integrity who believed in transparency.
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Ms Karua said that Ngali was dedicated in building institutions adding that he was also determined of seeing Kenya devoid of ethnicity.
"Kenya has lost one of its finest sons," said Karua.
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in a statement read on his behalf said Kenyans should learn from Ngali's dedication in service to the country.
Mr Ngali, who died at 68, served as Kenya's envoy to the United States, Uganda, Canada and Britain before serving as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy between 1999 and 2001.
In 2013, he unsuccessfully contested for the Taita Taveta gubernatorial seat. He died on August 13 following a cardiac arrest.
Other leaders present during the requiem mass held at Nairobi Pentecostal Church included Taita Taveta Women Representative Joyce Wanjala Lay, former minister Noah Katana Ngala among others.