Kenyans and indeed Africa wishes former Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, a happy 85th birthday.
Mwai has been through series of health crises dating back to the time he served as head of state. He was the third President of Kenya, serving from December 2002 until April 2013.
Wikipedia records that he has consecutively served as “Minister for Finance (1969–1981) under Kenyatta, and Minister for Home Affairs (1982–1988) and Minister for Health (1988–1991)” under Daniel arap Moi.
Mwai Kibaki’s most recent health crisis was in August when it was reported that the former Kenyan President was ill and hospitalized briefly at Karen Hospital, Nairobi; and later flown to Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, South Africa.
The UNESCO envoy had to undergo an hour long surgery in order to have the blood clot removed from his veins as a result of a stroke. Incredibly, Mwai has survived 3 strokes in his lifetime.
Even as he recuperated, Kibaki gave his care givers and family members who stayed with him at the hospital more hope of recovery than they bargained for.
Just before the surgery the strong Kenyan leader lost his wife.
With all of these challenges, Africa deems it necessary to appreciate Kibaki for having unimaginable strength to withstand all that life has thrown at him at his elderly age.
Mwai’s handsome grandson, Sean Andrews, took out time to wish him a heartfelt happy birthday as he turned 85 yesterday.
Sean Andrews wrote:
“Back in 2011 at a similar moment where we gave our thanks to you. Happy birthday to you! Your life is a journey of true intellect and inspiration. May you be blessed with many more birthdays to share many more cherished memories.”
The Ex-Kenyan President is remembered for being a low profile personality with blazing intelligence. He is often referred to as a competent technocrat.
In 2003, Kibaki, serving as President, launched a free primary education initiative. This afforded over 1 million children from poor backgrounds the privilege of acquiring education.