President Uhuru Kenyatta announced today the passing of the former president of the republic of Kenya Hon. Mwai Kibaki who served as Kenya's third president from 2002 to 2012.

In his state announcement, president Uhuru praised Kibaki for his leadership saying it will inspire generations to come. He also echoed the key contributions of Emilio Kibaki in strengthening the economy of the country.

During his announcement, Kenyatta directed that flags be flown half-mast until the day the former president will be laid to rest. President Uhuru also announced that Kibaki will be accorded a state funeral.

Following the announcement, Kenyans have expressed their great loss describing Kibaki as the best president Kenya ever had. Political leaders also took to their social media platforms to express their grief and condole with the family of the departed former President.

Kibaki who died at age 90, will be remembered for playing a critical role during Moi's tenure in reviving the economy of the country when he served as the minister for finance.

He will also be remembered for his great contribution to education by making primary education mandatory and free. It is during his tenure that the new constitution was voted in and effected. However, his leadership will still be stained by the jarring effects of the post-election violence that ensued in 2007/8 because of his reelection as president.

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