The former President Mwai Kibaki was yesterday hospitalized at Karen Hospital for treatment after he fell ill at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi.
During the later hours of Sunday evening, Kibaki was flown to South Africa for speacialised treatment. The former president left aboard a chartered flight that took off from Wilson airport.
A statement from the Presidency said Mr. Kibaki was accompanied by his doctor to South Africa.
“We expect him to return soon, and Kenyans will be informed of his progress as appropriate,” said government spokesman Manoah Esipisu. “We ask Kenyans to pray for him, and to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time.”r President Kibaki’s family confirmed he was flown to South Africa for specialised medical treatment, after being taken ill.
The family confirmed that Kibaki was indeed flown to South Africa for specialised medical treatment, after being taken ill.
Mr. Kibaki enjoyed good health most of his adult life and was a well-known golfer and an almost permanent fixture in the country club circuit until a 2012 car accident.
The 84-year-old who had recently lost his wife Lucy Kibaki in April this year while undergoing treatment at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, served as Kenya’s President for two five-year terms, from 2002 to 2013, before he was succeeded by the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kibaki was also appointed special envoy by United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).