Kenya’s former president Kibaki dies at 90

Mwai Kibaki, who served as Kenya’s third president from 2003 to 2013, has died aged 90, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday.

Kibaki is credited with reviving Kenya’s then ailing economy, but his tenure was marred by deadly violence that erupted following his disputed re-election in December 2007.

A British-educated economist, Kibaki’s unflappable demeanour concealed political guile that finally propelled him to the presidency after four decades as lawmaker, government minister and then vice president to his predecessor, Daniel arap Moi.

President Kenyatta has ordered a mourning period to honour Kibaki, during which flags will be flown at half-mast.

Asaase Radio