Former Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki has died at the age of 90.
Kibaki’s death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a statement on Friday.
“It is my sorrowful duty to announce to the Nation the passing on of H.E. Emilio Mwai Kibaki,” Kenyatta said.
The President also declared a period of mourning, including the flying of flags at half-mast until a state funeral is held for Kibaki.
“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,” Uhuru stated in his address.
“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.”
Born on November 15, 1931, Kibaki served as Kenya’s president from December 2002 until April 2013.
His victory in the 2002 election in Kenya ended 39 years of one-party rule since the country’s independence.