Former President Mwai Kibaki is dead.
His demise was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the afternoon of Friday, April 22.
Kibaki died on Thursday, April 21 aged 90.
The president eulogised the late Kibaki as “a quintessential patriot whose legacy of civic responsibility will continue to inspire generations of Kenyans long into our future.”
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.
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 anyone 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.
Uhuru Eulogises Mwai Kibaki
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.”
President Kibaki shall be accorded a State funeral with full military honours and protocols being rendered and observed.