Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki is dead.
The announcement was made by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday.
He died at the age of 90
Kibaki served as the third president of the Republic of Kenya from 2002 to 2013.
President Kenyatta has declared a period of mourning, including the flying of flags at half-mast until a state funeral is held for Kibaki.
“It is a sad day for us as a country. We have lost a great leader, the former president Mwai Kibaki,” President Kenyatta said in a news conference from State House.
“I order and direct that in the testimony of high esteem that all Kenyans held for Mwai Kibaki, the country will hold a period of national mourning until sunset on the day he will be buried. All flags will fly at half-mast during this period,” he added.
Amason Kingi condolence message
I extend my deepest condolences to all Kenyans following the passing on of retired President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki.Mwai Kibaki, the third president of the Republic of Kenya, was a man of action, a statesman, a political gentleman and an economist who steered our country’s economy upwards and left behind an admirable legacy.
After winning the Magarini Constituency seat in the 2007 General Election, I had the privilege of serving as a Cabinet Minister in the Grand Coalition Government that he formed with Rt. Hon Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga, first as Minister for East African Community (2008-2010) and then as Minister for Fisheries Development (2010-2013).
As a minister, I experienced first hand, President Kibaki’s resilience and dedication to transform Kenya by ensuring regional balance and equitable distribution of national resources and investing in youthful leadership. His demand for efficiency and effective service provision, made his era one that Kenyans will cherish for a long time to come.
As a Nation, we will remember President Kibaki for leading this country through great moments of prosperity driven by economic reinnaisance and astute governance and also offering leadership at arguably one of the most trying moments of the country’s history.May God rest President Kibaki’s soul in perfect peace, and grant his family the strength to bear this loss.