Former President Mwai Kibaki was flown to South Africa yesterday for specialized treatment.
The retired President had spent the better part of Sunday at Karen hospital. But later in the evening, a statement from the family said that Kibaki had to be flown to South Africa, although they did not disclose what was ailing the 84-year-old Kenya’s third president.
Sources close to the family said Kibaki fell ill at his Muthaiga home on Saturday night and was taken to Karen hospital.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the former President suffered a stroke.
The statement from the family said Kibaki was accompanied to SA by his doctor. “We expect him to return soon, and Kenyans will be informed of his progress as appropriate,” the statement read as they asked Kenyans to pray for him.
Kibaki romped into power when his coalition party Narc ended Kanu’s four-decade rule. He served for two terms but his second term was controversial after the disputed 2007 post election violence.
He retired to his Muthaiga home after the end of his reign and death struck the family early this year when his wife and former First Lady Lucy died at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.
Since then, Kibaki has appeared frail although he kept up with his diary and was appointed a special envoy by United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).
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