• President Uhuru mourned the death of the third Kenyan president Mwai Kibali.

"Mwai Kibaki will forever be remembered as a gentleman in Kenyan politics, a brilliant debater... As we mourn the passing of an icon, Mwai Kibaki, we can rejoice in the lifelong companionship that he enjoyed with his now-departed wife, H.E Mama Lucy Kibaki."

The late former president Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki.
The late former president Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki.
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The late president Mwai Kibaki was a man of very few words.

But when he uttered them they made sense and they were memorable. Here are some phrases used by Kibaki when he was displeased.

  1. Bure kabisa
  2. Mafi ya kuku
  3. Kumbafu
  4. Wachana nayooo
  5. Ni utoto
  6. Hapanaaaa
  7. Sio lazimaaaa
  8. ooh yes
  9. Kula pombe
  10.  What the hell’
  11.  Anyway

Then there are 10 very powerful quotes by the third president of the Republic of Kenya.

1. Let us reject violence and selfishness which could destroy our country’s unity.

2. Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

3. “The era of 'anything goes' is gone forever.”-- Mwai Kibaki 

4. May hard work, and justice, always cement our bonds of unity so that we may get our country back to production.

5. The constitution is the ultimate custodian of social will and its making should be accorded all due diligence.”-- Mwai Kibaki

6. Only by addressing the root causes of conflict and disputes can we hope to find lasting peace in a just and equitable world.

7. I promise not to let you down. I will be your servant with all humility and gratitude.

8. We know from our own history, and that of our neighbors, that where conflicts and disagreements are not resolved peacefully, the suffering and bloodshed that follows and the collapse of economic and social development leads to tragic consequences.

9. The era of roadside decisions, declarations have gone. My government’s decisions will be guided by teamwork and consultations

9. “Government will no longer be run on the whims of individuals.”-- Mwai Kibaki

10. You cannot begin to celebrate the little things you do. Noooo, don't be too fond of celebration.

Kibaki passed on earlier today. The country has been thrown into mourning.

President Uhuru Kenyatta paid tribute to him.

"Mwai Kibaki will forever be remembered as a gentleman in Kenyan politics, a brilliant debater... As we mourn the passing of an icon, Mwai Kibaki, we can rejoice in the lifelong companionship that he enjoyed with his now-departed wife, H.E Mama Lucy Kibaki."

Adding, "The late former president's central role in shepherding Kenya into a new constitutional dispensation at the culmination of a decade's long quest, is a towering legacy that immortalizes President Kibaki.

We can take comfort in the inspiring legacy of ideas and examples of devotion to his Country, which he bequeathed to us all more so with the constitutional dispensation."

Uhuru noted, "His dedication and love for our Country undoubtedly honours Kenya, East Africa, Africa, and the World. He leaves behind a more united and prosperous Kenya, and a template for servant-leadership, which we must continue to nurture and improve for generations to come. And on his passing, we renew our pledge today in tribute to our great departed Leader."

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