Former President Mwai Kibaki is dead.

President Uhuru Kenyatta officially announced Mwai Kibaki’s death at the age of 90 on Friday at State House, Nairobi.

During the announcement, President Kenyatta declared a period of national mourning from today (Friday) until sunset on the day of his interment.

The former President will be accorded a state funeral with full military honours and protocols being rendered and observed.

In addition, the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House and all Kenyan Diplomatic Missions, public buildings and public grounds, all military bases, posts, and stations, on all naval vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and elsewhere throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya; from today until sunset on the day of his interment.

Further, the President, the Deputy-President, the Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Speaker of the Senate, Kenya’s Diplomats abroad and whosoever else is so authorized by law, shall not fly the national flag on their official motorcade from today until sunset on the day of his interment.

On 30th December 2002, Kibaki was sworn in as the Third President of the Republic of Kenya. He served as Head of State and Government until 9th April 2013.

The late former President’s administration conceptualized and spearheaded a transformation in critical sectors such as Education through the globally lauded free primary education programme, infrastructure developments in transport and energy, and increasing the availability and access to healthcare for Kenyans.

As a leading figure in Kenya’s post-independence history, Mwai Kibaki earned the abiding respect and affection of the people of this Nation and other nations throughout the world.

Kibaki is survived by four children Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagi and tony Githinji.

By Fred Azelwa.