In Summary
  • The celebration of another year of life comes amid concerns over the health of Kenya’s third head of state.
  • On his birthday, source close to the family on Friday told the Nation that the former president is doing “very well”.
  • Kenyans on social media sent their messages of goodwill to Mr Kibaki as others drew comparisons between his administration and those before his and the current regime.

Today is former president Mwai Kibaki’s 88th birthday.

The celebration of another year of life comes amid concerns over the health of Kenya’s third head of state.

Mr Kibaki has been in and out of hospital for various exams— the most recent visit being October 28, where he underwent a “routine check-up”, according to family sources.

He has also been battling a recurrent knee problem after sustaining an injury in a road crash in Machakos in 2002.

NO FANFARE

On his birthday, source close to the family on Friday told the Nation that the former president is doing “very well”.

However, the source, who sought anonymity because he is not the family spokesman, said there will be no fanfare during the celebrations.

Only close family members will attend the party, according to the source.

“Throwing grand birthday parties has never been the president’s style,” the source told Nation.

“The birthday will be marked, but quietly.”

BIRTHDAY WISHES

On what the former president has been up to, the source said Mr Kibaki “has been resting and catching up with his old friends quietly” and “following world affairs closely”.

The former Narc Party leader, he said, has been “reading”.

On Friday, Kenyans on social media sent their messages of goodwill to Mr Kibaki as others drew comparisons between his administration and those before his and the current regime.

“Happy birthday to my all-time (best) president,” said Twitter user Mwongela Mikwa.

“We love you Kibaki,” said Ngengi Magana.

“Long live legend,” tweeted Mich Seron.

Other such as Nathan Sialah compared Kibaki’s administration with past regimes, noting that his government delivered better for Kenyans.

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