Kenya’s Former First Lady, Lucy Kibaki Dies In London

Lucy Kibaki, Kenya’s former first lady is dead. She died in Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London after a brief hospitalization for an undisclosed illness. Some viewed her as a controversial first lady, where the occasion of her slapping a cameraman in 2005 is commonly sighted. She stormed the offices of the private media group angry at the way a story about her had been depicted and slapped the cameraman.

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President Uhurru Kenyatta who succeeded her husband Mwai Kikabi, who governed from 2002 to 2013 released a short statement about her death;

“It is with deep sense of sadness and loss that I have learnt of the untimely death of the Former First Lady Her Excellency Mrs. Lucy Kibaki. She passed away early this morning while undergoing treatment in Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London. On behalf of all Kenyans & my Government I convey heartfelt condolences & encouragement to His Excellency Hon Mwai Kibaki, family & friends.”

Lucy Kibaki

In a tribute to her, he also praised her for her role in fighting HIV/Aids in Kenya as well as revealing that she had been unwell for the last month, receiving treatment in both Kenya and the UK. Mrs Kibaki trained as a teacher, and rose up to the post of principal in a teacher-training college in Kiambu. She met Mwai Kibaki in 1960. After a two-year romance, the couple married in 1962 and she left her job not long after her marriage in 1962 to raise her four children. She withdrew from public life during the latter part of her husband’s rule.

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Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that she was last seen at a public function was in August 2010, when she seemed excited about the adoption of a new constitution, dancing to a famous gospel song. Daily Nation, also said that she organised the First International Aids Run in 2003.