Political leaders mourn Kenya's third president Kibaki

Kibaki died on Friday at the age of 90.

In Summary

•The mourned former president Kibaki as an economist and advocate for peace in Kenya and Africa.

•The Deputy President William Ruto led his Kenya Kwanza Alliance team in mourning the demise of former President.

Former President Mwai Kibaki
Former President Mwai Kibaki

Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have mourned former President Mwai Kibaki as a great economist and an advocate for peaceful co-existence in the country and the African continent.

DP Ruto said Kibaki distinguished himself with a great legacy that he has left behind.

"Almost all of us here worked with him as his ministers. Today, as Kenyans, we have lost a great son of our nation. We are poorer today without him," Ruto said, adding that Kibaki was a great inspiration.

Raila led the Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition in mourning Kibaki who died on Friday. He died at the age of 90.

"It is a sad morning for the people of Kenya as we have lost the third President. He was one of the freedom fighters of our country. He has served the country for many years with diligence and transparency. I had the pleasure to serve under Mwai Kibaki as one of his ministers in roads and public works and finally as the prime minister," he said.

"Nobody was better than Kibaki when it came to creating team spirit. A lot will be said as we eulogize him. On behalf of Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition and respective parties and my family, we condole with the family of late Mwai Kibaki."

ANC Party leader Musalia Mudavadi said Kibaki was a politician who participated in Pan-Africanism and in the liberation of Kenya from the yolk of colonialism.

"He was a politician who then stood very firm and lied the foundation for the economic fruits that Kenya is experiencing today," Mudavadi said. 

“Indeed Kibaki was a politician who Kenyans voted for overwhelming against all odds in 2002 and defined what one would have called deep state interference and overwhelming voted for him,” he said.

The ANC leader urged Kenyans to put Kibaki’s family in prayers.

Ford Kenya Party Leader Moses Wetang'ula, Kibaki was an economist who rose to be the best finance officer in the country to be the president in 2002.

“We remember him as the best detribalized president who won the presidency in 2002 and his Deputy President was Michael Wamalwa,” he said.

“He always brought United Nations (UN) together so as to bring security in the region.”

Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said Kibaki was an iconic father figure for this nation.

“I had a singular privilege of serving as his deputy for five years,” he said.

Kalonzo mourned him as a selfless leader.

“As we mourn him, we have to remember moments when he made the country laugh. He used language that no young Kenyan would be allowed to use.” 

"The late President Mwai Kibaki was a great leader and he will be remembered for the exemplary selfless service he rendered to this Nation while serving as an MP, cabinet minister and President. I personally learnt a lot under his Presidency when I was privileged to serve in his government as a cabinet minister. His wisdom and wit was unparalleled," Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi said.




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