FILE PHOTO: Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki walks behind a glass wall as he arrives for the inauguration of the new African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis/File Photo

Mwai Kibaki Is a Leader to Be Emulated – Mandago

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Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has described late Kenya’s third President Mwai Kibaki as a leader to be emulated for transforming the country in the ten years he was in power.

While sharing his condolence message following the death of the former Head of State, Mandago said Uasin Gishu locals will remember Kibaki for awarding a charter to the University of Eldoret (UoE) in 2013.

We are forever grateful for the charter made Uasin Gishu among the few counties with two chartered universities,” the governor said, in a media briefing at the County Headquarters in Eldoret town.

Governor Mandago at a past event.

He also noted that Mwai Kibaki will be remembered for many achievements, key among them the creation of Vision 2030 and the introduction of the Free Primary and Secondary School.

Mandago notes that it is through Vision 2030 that the country has been able to witness infrastructural growth.

It is through the Free Primary and Secondary Education that many Kenyan children, especially from the marginalized areas were able to access education,” noted the county boss.

We honor Kibaki for making sure children of Kenya can access education,” he added.

Kenya’s third President Mwai Kibaki.

The governor also noted that under Kibaki’s leadership, several agricultural empowerment projects were initiated, which helped in improving farmers’ livelihoods.

He also noted that the late Mwai Kibaki will be remembered for being a President under which Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was introduced.

CDF, Mandago says, has helped transform many schools across the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, April 22, 2022, announced the death of the former President who served between December 2002 and April 2013.

FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki delivers his speech during the national celebrations to mark the 49th Jamhuri Day, the day when Kenya gained independence, at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Noor Khamis/File Photo

Kibaki is remembered for initiating multiple infrastructural developments, key among them being the Thika Superhighway.

It is also under his leadership that Kenya arguably witnessed the best streak of economic growth.

He had previously served as the fourth Vice-President of Kenya for ten years from 1978 to 1988 under the late President Daniel arap Moi. He also held cabinet ministerial positions in the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel arap Moi governments, including minister for Finance (1969–1981) under Kenyatta, Minister for Home Affairs (1982–1988), and Minister for Health (1988–1991) under Moi.

The late Mwai Kibaki also served as an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2002. He unsuccessfully vied for the presidency in 1992 and 1997. He served as the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament from 1998 to 2002.

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