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Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Passes on at 90yrs


Kenya’s former president Mwai Kibaki who served as Kenya’s third president, from 2003 to 2013 has passed on at 90 years old.

This has been announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kibaki was 90 years old.

A star student at the London School of Economics, Kibaki was running Kenya’s Treasury by his early 30s, “combining technocratic ability with solid liberal social reform instincts”, says Patrick Smith, Editor-in-Chief of The Africa Report.

“His great moment after being elected in 2002 was to hold a liberation press conference which was a genuine exchange of views. We all asked him when he was going to deliver on promises of free primary education — he said monday, and the press conference was on a friday afternoon”, says Smith. “The following monday, thousands of kids turned up demanding free schooling.”

“Kibaki was criticised for that but it came after decades of frustration with the corrupt repression of the Moi years, when a press conference was unheard of”, he continues.

Kibaki’s other great reforming instinct beyond education was to bring civil society in to help fight corruption. He appointed John Githongo to act as the permanent secretary for governance.

More details to come.

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