By Samuel Ouma
Kenyans from all walks of life have sent heartfelt condolence messages to the family, relatives and friends of the late President Mwai Kibaki.
The Kenya’s third president died on Thursday night aged 90, President Kenyatta announced on Friday morning.
“It is my sorrowful duty to announce to the nation the passing on of H.E. Emilio Mwai Kibaki, the Third President of the Republic of Kenya. H.E. Mwai Kibaki lived a dedicated life of public service,” said President Kenyatta.
Kenyans said the deceased will be remembered for vast development and economic stability during his time as President.
“He was a true leader, a game changer in politics and we will remember him for the great development he accomplished as a President,” said MP Sabina Chege.
According to Rachael Ruto, Deputy President William Ruto’s wife, Kibaki influenced subsequent generations for a better Kenya.
“Kenya has indeed lost a patriot, a statesman and a humble servant. He lived a beautiful example of what a rewarding calling and noble honor it is to be in public service,” said Rachael Ruto.
Governor Alfred Mutua said, “I am so sad to learn of the passing of our amazing President H.E. Emilio Mwai Kibaki who I served as Government Spokesman for his 2 terms in office. Kibaki was a great leader, who turned around Kenya’s economy. He had a sharp mind, was HONEST & STRAIGHTFORWARD & an amazing boss.”
Kibaki will also be remembered for introducing free primary education.
“The nation has lost an incredible, dependable, economist who led this nation with shrewdness. Retired President Mwai Kibaki shall forever be remembered, key being inception of free primary education,” said George Natembeya.
Pauline Njoroge said,” His rich legacy, decades of dedication to public service and the sterling performance in his 10 years of presidency will be remembered for years to come; forever etched in our records of history.”
Kibaki served as the third president of Kenya between 2003 and 2013.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a mourning period until the deceased is laid to rest.
During the period, all Kenyans flags will be flown at half-mast.
“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,” reiterated President Kenyatta.