Former president Mwai Kibaki was by his wife’s side when she passed away at Bupa Cromwell Hospital
Kibaki arrived in London on Monday, April 25; a day before Lucy Kibaki died at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
“Mzee is devastated and his children, especially Judy, who has been at her bedside since she arrived here, is distraught,” a family friend SAID
Their daughter Judy Wanjiku and son Anthony Githinji were also present when Lucy Kibaki took her last breath at around 4am on Tuesday, April 26. The former first couple’s other children are: Jimmy Kibaki and David Kagai.
The 84-year-old former head of state had been closely monitoring Lucy Kibaki’s health. He even visited her at Nairobi hospital on the night of Thursday, March 10, 2016.
Reports indicated that Lucy Kibaki had fallen ill at her home in Muthaiga and was first taken to Gertrude Children’s Hospital before being transferred to Nairobi Hospital.
The cause of her death is yet to be made public but Kibaki’s family spokesman Ngari Gituku had dismissed reports that Lucy Kibaki was suffering from heart problems and breathing problems.
He said her ailment was related to atrophy, a condition that mostly occurs in old age. It is a state involving wasting away or decrease in size of an organ or tissue in the body.
Speculations about the former first lady’s health have long featured in rumour mills, since she disappeared from the public eye nearly five years ago.
The last time she was seen in public was in August 2010 during the promulgation of the new constitution. After that, she went quite, and even missed her own brother’s burial ceremony, raising concerns from the public.
Kenyans at one time took to social media demanding to know where their first lady was, but no official communication from State House on the issue came.
Kibaki went on to attend several farewell parties as he retired without her by his side. Lucy Kibaki was also not present when her husband handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta in April 2013.
Kibaki and Lucy are said to have met in 1960 and got married after courting for two years.
Lucy Kibaki was a teacher by profession and rose through the ranks to become a school principal. She once served as the patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association.
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