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Former President Kibaki Thanks Kenyans for Mourning with his Family

Former President Mwai Kibaki has thanked Kenyans for the love and support they have shown to his family following the demise of his wife, former first lady Lucy Muthoni Kibaki.

A photo of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki placed next to a condolence book at Harambee House in Nairobi on May 3, 2016.

Speaking at his Muthaiga home Tuesday, Mr Kibaki appealed to Kenyans and the world to pray for his family and turn up in large numbers during the burial of Mama Lucy in Othaya on Saturday.

Former president Daniel Arap Moi (centre) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) console former president Mwai Kibaki (left) at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi.

Former President Mwai Kibaki (right) and his daughter Judith (left) at requiem mass for the late former First Lady Lucy at the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church on May 4, 2016. Mama Lucy will be laid to rest at their family home in Othaya, Nyeri County on May 7, 2016.

It was the first time the former president was speaking publicly since the death of his wife at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, United Kingdom on April 26, 2016.

Mr Kibaki urged Kenyans to appreciate his wife’s deeds.

Speaking to a delegation of dignitaries and government officials who had gone to pay tribute to Mama Lucy, the former president expressed his gratitude to Kenyans for standing with his family during trying times.

“Thank you for turning up in large numbers and praying for us. I am happy and humbled. You are welcome to her home. It is indeed her home because she designed and built it. We are left with memories. Othaya is just here,” he told the more than 40 envoys.

At one time, Mr Kibaki spoke fondly about his wife, reminiscing their good times together.

“She was happy here; it has been great and wonderful. Such support is what keeps us strong and going,” said the grief-stricken Mr Kibaki.

Mid-morning, a delegation from Meru, led by former head of public service Francis Muthaura, had visited the former head of State to deliver their condolences.

By Robert Muriisa.

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