Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki was on Sunday flown to South Africa for specialised treatment aboard a chartered flight that took off from Wilson airport

CAPITAL FM, a leading Kenya News website reports that the former president left for South Africa in the early hours of Sunday.

Kibaki had earlier been rushed to Karen Hospital on Saturday night from his Muthaiga home in Nairobi before he was flown to South Africa the day after.

The health status of the former president was contained in a press statement released by his family on Sunday.

The statement asked Kenyans to pray for him, and to respect the “privacy of the family at this difficult time”.

Mwai Kibaki has been a frequent visitor to hospitals since December 2002 when he was involved in an accident while returning from a campaign rally as the then Opposition Candidate.

He was Kenya’s from December 2002 to April 2013. He was a former vice-president for 10 years and served as an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2002.

He unsuccessfully stood as a presidential candidate in 1992 and 1997 and served as the leader of the official opposition in the parliament from 1998 to 2002.

In June 2016, Kibaki formally started work as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Special Envoy for Water in Africa.

His role among other goals includes drawing attention of Heads of Governments and civil societies to the importance of sustainable management of available water resources.


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