Hundreds of people in different parts of the country lined up to sign the late former President Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki’s condolence book after his passing on April 21, 2022.
Books of condolences placed in Parliament buildings, the Supreme Court of Kenya, all government offices, the headquarters of the Board of Governors, all regional and county commissioner’s offices across the country, and in high commissions , embassies and Kenyan missions abroad saw crowds gathering to sign and eulogize with The Kibaki family.
Speaking from the queue at the parliament building where Kenyans gaze at the body of the late president, Winnie Kerubo appreciated Kibaki’s tenure which introduced free primary education which she warmly applauded and welcomed advantage of being part of.
“He was a great man who will be sorely missed by the world, who changed our country by giving us a free education, molding some of us into who we are today. May Almighty God strengthen the family and the whole country during this time, and may the Lord have mercy and rest his soul in eternal peace,” Kerubo said.
The late Kibaki, who died at the age of 90, left citizens from across the country to express their condolences in queues, with others tweeting messages on Twitter calling him a hero and father of the nation.
Many said they recognized Kibaki as a quintessentially polished political leader, a democrat and a man who transformed the country’s economy and made them proud by being a shrewd statesman and rooting out corruption.
Signing the books one by one, the nation’s patriots said that Kibaki was an immense contributor to the sectors of education, especially his dedication to the discipline of science, technology, innovation, management business and entrepreneurship.
Cabinet secretaries including Dr. Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Mutahi Kagwe (Health) and Joe Mucheru (ICT), among others, signed the books, sending a message of condolence to family, relatives and friends of the former president.
The late former President will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County, after a requiem mass, to be held at Nyayo Stadium on Friday, April 29, 2022.