Maathai was "pillar of the nation": Kenya PM

Wangari Maathai participates in a tree planting ceremony (Photo Date: 17/05/2005)

Tributes have been paid to the Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai who has died of cancer at the age of 71.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga called her "the pillar of the nation".

As the first African woman to receive the honour, Wangari Maathai not only championed preservation of the environment but she also promoted democracy, women's rights and the rights of the poor.

In 2009, she spoke out about the responsibility of governments to distribute resources equitably in the face of climate change.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga spoke to Gerry Adams about the impact of  Ms. Maathai's passing.

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