Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki passed away Tuesday morning in the United Kingdom.
According to a statement sent to Media houses by president Uhuru Kenyatta, the former first lady died while undergoing treatment at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.
“Her Excellency has been unwell for the last one month and has been receiving treatment here in Kenya and subsequently in the United Kingdom,” the statement read in part.
The late Miss Kibaki was born in 1940 in Mukurweini to Rev. John Kagai and Rose Nyachomba. She went to Alliance girl’s high school where she later trained as a teacher and rose to the post of principal at a teacher’s training college in Kiambu.
She later met Former President Mwai Kibaki in 1960 and they later got married in 1962. She became Kenya’s third first lady between 2002 and 2013 when Mwai Kibaki managed to take over leadiership from KANU which had been in power for 24 years.
The late Mrs. Kibaki will be remembered for her efforts in supporting disadvantaged and disabled people and also having chaired the Organization of the 40 African First Ladies against HIV/Aids.
In his tribute, Presidet Uhuru Kenyatta highlighted these achievements saying that Miss Kibaki exhibited great leadership skills that touched the lives of many.
“Notable was Her Excellency’s virtues of leadership and commitment to improving wellbeing of Kenyans, in particular her focus on tackling HIV/Aids, which will remain an inspiration to many” President Kenyatta said in a statement.