Mwai Kibaki: Kenya’s former president dies at 90

His political career spanned decades, including as vice-president of Daniel arap Moi, the man he replaced as president of the East African nation in 2002.

Kibaki, an economist and avid golfer, left a complicated legacy when he resigned after his second presidential term ended in 2013. He not only oversaw a new constitution that brought hope for change, but he led Kenya through a period of robust economic growth. and major infrastructure developments.

But he was also at the helm in the most violent election in the country’s history, when more than 1,200 people died in bloody ethnic battles after disputed 2007 polls.

Kibaki’s death was confirmed in a statement issued by Kenyatta, which said the country would observe a period of national mourning from Friday until his burial.

Kenyatta paid tribute to Kibaki as “the patriot par excellence” and recalled “his dignity, diligence, candor and concern for the welfare of all Kenyans”.


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