Retired President Kibaki discharged from hospital

By PSCU/Christine Muchira

The Third President, H.E. Mwai Kibaki has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital where he was admitted on 21 August 2016.

According to a statement from his family President Kibaki is in jovial and high spirits.

He will continue to recuperate for a few more days before returning home.

The Retired President was flown to South Africa for specialized treatment after he fell ill at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi this month.

He had earlier in the month been rushed to the Karen hospital where doctors recommended that he be transferred to the South African nation for further tests.

The former president who was recently appointed special envoy by United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, served as Kenya’s President for two five-year terms, from 2002 to 2013, before he was succeeded by the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

He sought to bring progressive changes and stability to the nation.

Born on November 15, 1931, Mwai Kibaki is the youngest of eight children of peasant farmers, Kibaki Githinji and Teresia Wanjiku.

He showed remarkable intelligence and aptitude for learning during his primary school years and was sent to attend Man’gu High School, one of Kenya’s best high schools where he undertook his secondary school education between 1947 and 1950.

Outstanding academic achievement earned him a scholarship to the renowned Makerere University, where he studied economics, political science, and history.

His leadership skills came to the fore as chairman of the Kenya Students Association, a leading position in the Makerere Students Guild graduating in 1955 with a distinction.

After a brief stint as Uganda Shell Company’s assistant general manager, Kibaki received a scholarship to study at the London School of Economics where he excelled in economics and public finance.

The 84-year-old lost his wife Lucy Kibaki in April this year while undergoing treatment at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London. The family of the retired president has Kenyans to pray for him, and respect the privacy of the family during this difficult time.


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