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Former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki is dead

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By Kampala Sun writer 

Former President Mwai Kibaki is dead, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday.

“It is my sorrowful duty to announce to the Nation the passing on of H.E. Emilio Mwai Kibaki.”

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.

“The Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House and all Kenyan Diplomatic Missions, Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts, and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and elsewhere throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya; from today until sunset on the day of his interment,” Uhuru stated in his address.

“The President, 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 of his interment.”

Kibaki died on Friday at the age of 90

He further described the former President as a brilliant debater and an earnest friend to many.

“We remember the values by which he lived, the ideals he embraced, his dignity and diligence, his candour and concern for the well being of all Kenyans,” Uhuru said.

“His contributions as minister of finance and vice president saw Kenya’s economy grow steadily fuelled by a commodities boom as well as fiscal and monetary policies that were the backbone of his economic philosophy.”

He was the only surviving former president.

 

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