Mwai Kibaki: Kenya’s third President dies at 90

Kenya's former president Kibaki dies at 90

Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s third president from 2003 to 2013, brought economic reforms and a new constitution to the country but struggled to combat pervasive corruption.

Kibaki, a British-educated economist, hid his political savvy behind his unflappable demeanor, which helped him win the presidency after four decades as a congressman, government minister, and then vice president under his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi.

Kibaki is credited for recovering Kenya’s then-ailing economy, but his tenure was overshadowed by violent unrest that killed more than 1,200 Kenyans following his disputed re-election in December 2007.

When journalists were swiftly evacuated from the electoral commission, the opposition was well ahead. Kibaki was declared the winner by a razor-thin margin hours later.

Kenya’s third President dies

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Kenyatta remembered Kibaki’s extensive public service, including his five decades as a member of parliament, when announcing his death.In a televised statement, Kenyatta stated, “Kibaki was a true patriot whose legacy of civic responsibility would continue to inspire generations of Kenyans long into our future.”

Kenyatta did not specify the reason of death, but domestic media indicated that Kibaki had been ill for some time. Politicians took a break from campaigning during the August 9 general election to mourn Kibaki.”

He remained firm and built the groundwork for the economic blessings that Kenya is reaping now,” Musalia Mudavadi, a supporter of Deputy President William Ruto in the presidential election, said.

However, Kibaki was unable to crack down on endemic transplants. This is an important request from voters in the next poll against Raila Odinga, a former veteran opposition leader currently accepted by political groups.

Kibaki also attempted to bring peace to the hotspots of the region, said Moses Wetengra, who served as cabinet. “As his Foreign Minister, I have led many missions to stabilize other volatile areas, including Somalia and Congo,” said Wetangra. 4,444 Kenyan peacekeepers are still serving in southern Somalia.




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