Ex-Kenyan leader Kibaki flown to SA for treat­ment

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NAIROBI — For­mer Kenyan pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki was flown to South Africa on Sun­day evening for treat­ment.

The re­tired pres­i­dent, 85, was ini­tially ad­mit­ted to the Karen Hospi­tal in Nairobi after fall­ing ill at his home in Muthaiga.

He spent the whole day at the hospi­tal be­fore be­ing flown out­side the coun­try for spe­cialised treat­ment.

Kibaki’s fam­ily con­firmed his hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion and asked Kenyans to pray for him.

“We ex­pect him to return soon, and Kenyans will be in­formed of his progress as ap­pro­pri­ate,” the fam­ily said.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta vis­ited the for­mer leader at Karen Hospi­tal on Sun­day, even as Kenyans took to so­cial me­dia to share mes­sages of good­will.

For­mer prime min­is­ter Raila Odinga, who ruled with Kibaki dur­ing his sec­ond and last term in of­fice in the grand coali­tion gov­ern­ment, said: “Ida Odinga (his wife) and I send good wishes to the for­mer Pres­i­dent HE Mwai Kibaki & his fam­ily fol­low­ing his hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.”

Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko posted a prayer for the quick re­cov­ery of the re­tired Pres­i­dent on his Face­book time­line. — AFP

Mayor James Nx­u­malo

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