FORMER PRESIDENT KIBAKI, THE MAN OF PEACE
Death has yet robbed Africa of one of its greatest heroes, the Former President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki who died at the age of 90. Kibaki lived a dedicated life of public service and accomplished so much for his country. He deeply cherished and served with commitment and an unbending will to improve the lives of fellow Kenyans. President Uhuru Kenyatta during the announcement of Kibaki’s demise described him as a quintessential patriot, whose legacy of civic responsibility will continue to inspire generations of Kenyans long into the future. He said Late Kibaki will be remembered for values by which he lived, the ideals he embraced, his dignity, his diligence, candor, and concern for the well-being of all Kenyans.
Kibaki was a freedom fighter who tirelessly helped South Sudan to separate from the Sudan. The rest of Africa should join Kenyan citizens in solidarity as they mourn their third President in history. Kibaki played a key role in the signing of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in Nairobi on January 9, 2005 between President Bashir’s National Congress Party and Dr. John Garang’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement that ended the longest civil war in Africa. As man of the people, Kibaki declared three days of mourning in Kenya when Dr. John Garang died in a plane crash on July 30th 2005.
In September 2, 2010, four years before the referendum, President Kibaki urged the International Community to appreciate the delicate situation in Sudan and to act without isolating the country.
And on the 9th of July 2011, Late Kibaki traveled to Juba to witness the historic independence of the Republic of South Sudan. To date, South Sudanese all over the world recognize his tremendous efforts in bringing peace. Kibaki was a cherished leader who had dedicated himself wholeheartedly to support peace efforts that culminated into the signing of the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement. May his soul rest in eternal peace.