By Shadrack Nyakoe
The former President of the Republic of Kenya Emillio Mwai Mwa Kibaki has died.
Kibaki served as the Kenya 3rd president from December 2022 to 2013 and previously served as the vice president from 1978 to 1988 under the late president Daniel Moi.
Kibaki was born in 1931 in Gatuyani, Nyeri county and he will be remembered for vast his vast developments with less public show off.
He is the father to Jimmi Kibaki, Wangui Mwai, Tony Kibaki, David Kibaki and Judy Kibaki.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced his death, saying the nation has lost a “great leader”.
In his message of condolence to family of the late former President, President Kenyatta said: “while Emilio Mwai Kibaki is no longer with us in body, his spirit, legacy, values and ideals lives on in you and in the limitless ways that he made Kenya immeasurably better.”
“Mwai Kibaki lives on in the hearts of millions of Kenyans, East Africans and Africans who benefited from his leadership, admired his character, and were inspired by his example. Mwai Kibaki lives on in our fond memories of his strength of will, charm, wit, and his passionate love of God, Family, Nation, and Humanity.”
“As a leading figure in Kenya’s post-indepedence history, Mwai Kibaki earned the abiding respect and affection of the people of this nation and other nations throughout the world,” said President Kenyatta in his address.
“His contributions in the Ministry of Finance and as Kenya’s Vice-President saw the country’s economy grow steadily. Believing that Kenya was once again ripe for vibrant multi-democracy, President Kibaki exited from government and led the charge of keeping the ruling party accountable.
“His contributions to the restoration of multi-party democracy, as the leader of the official opposition, combined with his track record and impressive credentials made Mwai Kibaki the natural choice for selection as the opposition consensus candidate against my own candidature in 2002 and the presidential elections that followed thereafter,” Kenyatta said.
In honour of President Mwai Kibaki, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed that the country observe a period of national mourning from Friday, April 22 until sunset of the day of his interment.
Further, the Kenyan flag will be flown at half-mast across the country and in all Kenyan diplomatic missions abroad.
President Kenyatta further directed that the Deputy-President, the Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Speaker of the Senate, Kenya’s Diplomats abroad and whomsoever else is so authorized by law, shall not fly the national flag on their official motorcade from today until sunset on the day Kibaki is laid to rest.
President Kibaki shall be accorded a State funeral with full military honours and protocols being rendered and observed.