Kenyans mourning their third President

Kenyans have been thrown into somber mood following the demise of their former and third president Mwai Kibaki.

Kibaki’s death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday. He died aged 90.

"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. We salute a notable father figure in the chronicles of our Nation.

"A leader who strove so hard and accomplished so much for his country. A nation he so deeply cherished and served with commitment and an unbending will to improve the lives of our people" announced President Kenyatta.

He served as the third president of Kenyatta between 2003 and 2013.

Following Kibaki’s death, President Kenyatta has ordered that flag be flown at half-mast from today (Friday, April 22, 2022) until the day he is buried.

The President also ordered that his motorcade and those of other government officials not tofly the Kenyan flag until Mwai Kibaki is laid to rest.

"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,” said Kenyatta.

Kenyatta further revealed that his predecessor will be accorded state funeral.

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