• President Kibaki did not drink alcohol after he became president.

• Mwai Kibaki loved White Cap beer during his time as Othaya MP.

when he was crowned a Luo Elder in Kisumu. President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the he past on today aged 90yrs.
President Mwai Kibaki when he was crowned a Luo Elder in Kisumu. President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced the he past on today aged 90yrs.
Image: Photo/ Fredrick Omondi

The country is still mourning the death of Kenya's third president, Mwai Kibaki. His death was announced on Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta after a long illness.

He was 91 years of age and died at a Nairobi hospital surrounded by close friends and family.

In an interview with Citizen TV, his personal doctor and Karen Hospital founder Dr. Dan Gikonyo shared his memories with the former president.

Gikonyo described Kibaki as a man of very strong internal discipline. Gikonyo also revealed that Kibaki gave up alcohol after he was elected as the third president of Kenya.

"He never took alcohol after he entered statehouse. Many people used to make fun of him that he was fond of the White Cap. That White Cap he left it after entering Statehouse. He also excised every day," he said.

"There was no day he would not exercise, he woke up early did his regular physicals and in the course of the day I would go to State House and we would go on walks."

About his health, Gikonyo said that Kibaki was very compliant.

"When it came to medical issues, he was very obedient and always doing what the doctor said and that is how he lived to be 91 years," he said.

when he went to view the body of Daniel Moi on February 9th 2020
The late president Mwai Kibaki when he went to view the body of Daniel Moi on February 9th 2020
Image: The-Star

The doctor added that the best moment was after he was sworn in as a President. Gikonyo added that the former President had no self-interests and even refused Thika Road to be named after him.

"He could not even name anything after himself.  He once said that even if his face was put on the national currency it would not increase its value when compared to the dollar. He also refused to name Thika Road after himself," he said.

The body of former President Mwai Kibaki was moved from the Lee Funeral to Parliament today morning.

At parliament, Kibaki's body will be lying in State, where government officials and members of the public will visit and pay their respects to the third President of Kenya.

He will be buried on Saturday in a state burial.

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