Nov 28, 2021

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At 90 years, Mwai Kibaki is still a role model for younger politicians

He had dreamed of joining the military after high school, but that would never be the case as Chief Colonial Secretary Walter Coutts had ordered that Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru men be banned from drafting because they run the risk of promoting dissidence.

Mr Kibaki switched to politics and remains a benchmark by which succession will be measured in 2022.

When he on April 9 Handed over power to Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013, Mr. Kibaki said, “I am delighted to pass the torch of leadership to the new generation of leaders.” The handover marked the end of his presidency and 50 years in public service.

< p> It is every humane politician’s dream to achieve even half the legacy of Mr Kibaki, said former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.

Phenomenal

“Since he turns 90 today, we remember him as the man who misswi this country after 24 years rage back on its feet. The story is there to tell us which country he inherited in 2002 and what he left behind in 2013 … The man was just phenomenal, “says Mr. Kenneth.

Mr. Kibaki began his professional life as an economist In 1960 he was a lecturer at Makerere University, but was indoctrinated into politics, where he became Executive Officer of the Kenya African National Union (Kanu).

He had studied economics, history and political science at Makerere and was chairman of the Kenyan Student Union there. In 1955, he graduated from the top of his class and received a scholarship to study in the UK, where he received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Public Finance from the London School of Economics.

In at In the 1963 elections, he ran in what was then the constituency of Donholm (later called Bahati and now Makadara) to begin his career in electoral politics.

He was to serve in parliament during his political career, which ended in 2013 Mr. Kenyatta was sworn in.

During the election campaign, ODM boss Raila Odinga described Mr. Kibaki as “the man who has shown Kenya that it is possible to unite, develop and prosper”. He says Mr Kibaki’s rise in politics to peak as the top performing president is the yardstick by which the 2022 elections should be approached.

Mr Kibaki has served the country as deputy finance minister and chairman of the economy ministry Planning Commission in 1963 before being appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in 1966.

Legacy

New Partnership for Africa’s Development Chairman Elias Mbau says Mr Kibaki will serve as a Legacy living on how a country that makes bananas can be reclaimed as self-sufficient. “Imagine what Kenya would be today if Kibaki had succeeded Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1978 and ruled the country for 24 years …?” Mr. Mbau poses.

In 1974, Time rated it Magazine named Kibaki-san as one of the world’s 100 best people with the potential to lead – and the rating proved correct over time.

National Heritage Chief Administrative Secretary Zack Kinuthia says, “Kibaki was just the coolest of the cool as president “.

He says Mr. Kibaki taught the Kenyans how to stay cool even in violent storms.

” We don’t have a single one Witnessed how Kibaki’s government (2002-2013) was on the verge of collapse due to internal unrest, but he stayed calm, always came out to joke and steered his boat before capsizing, ”he says.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya says Mr. Kibaki d arin was to trust his advisors.

“I was a personal assistant to Home Secretary John Michuki during the Kibaki rule. He has given us all the freedom to carry out our mandates. His belief in our abilities made us go the extra mile to prove ourselves and not to disappoint him. May Kibaki live long! ”He said.

Naivasha MP Jane Kihara says that Mr. Kibaki’s life is a true reflection of how bottom-up development works. “This is a man who grew up in a village where he almost missed school because of poverty. But luck was on his side and that did not prevent him from overcoming all the challenges and becoming one of our most respected statesmen. Because of his good deeds and pure heart, Kibaki will live longer … a life free of pain, “she says.

In 1969, Mr. Kibaki became Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, where he served until 1978. He moved his political base from Nairobi to his rural homeland and was re-elected to parliament in 1974 to represent his constituency in Othaya.

Real Hustler

He was re-elected for the seat in all subsequent elections until 2007 when Mary Wambui came into his coat. She describes Mr. Kibaki as the real prostitute who rose out of nowhere.

Born on November 15, 1931, in Gatuyaini Village, Nyeri County, Mr. Kibaki was the youngest son of Kikuyu farmers Kibaki Githinji and Teresia Wanjiku.

He studied at Gatuyaini, Karima and Mathari elementary schools before attending Mang’u High School between 1947 and 1950, where he achieved the maximum possible points in his final exams.

< His rise to high office began in 1978 when he was named Vice President and Minister of Health. In 1982 he became Minister of the Interior, but was reassigned to the Ministry of Health in 1988.

In December 1991, Mr. Kibaki left Kanu and founded the Democratic Party (DP), which fought for the presidency in the 1992 Secretary General election and third place. In 1997 he started again and finished second. In January 1998 he and his party became the leader of the official opposition.

In preparation for the 2002 elections, the DP joined several other parties to form the National Alliance Party of Kenya (NAK). The NAK allied with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to form the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc). On December 27, 2002, Narc won with 62 percent of the vote.

The Catholic Kibaki was married to Lucy Kibaki, who has since passed away. They raised a daughter, Judy Wanjiku, and three sons, Jimmy, David and Tony.

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