Kibaki’s Failures Will Outlive Him in Kenya

Then-Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, center, shakes hands with Raila Odinga, right, as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, left, looks on, Jan. 24, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya (AP photo by Karel Prinsloo).
Then-Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, center, shakes hands with Raila Odinga, right, as former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, left, looks on, Jan. 24, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya (AP photo by Karel Prinsloo).

Kenyans paid their final respects to former President Mwai Kibaki in a state funeral Friday that was attended by several African leaders. Kibaki, who served two terms as Kenya’s third president from 2002 to 2013, died last month at the age of 90. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde and South Sudanese President Salva Kiir were among the thousands present at the service in Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. Ramaphosa, who spoke at the funeral, eulogized Kibaki as a great statesman “in the mold in which we saw our own first president, President Nelson Mandela.” Similarly, Zewde praised Kibaki, calling him “a true […]

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