The man who gave millions of the country’s children free primary education, built the economy though hurt by the post election violence, joined millions of Kenyans in his last public national holiday as Head of state and Commander-In-Chief.
In a light-hearted moment in Swahili the head of state said his 10 year tenure speaks for itself, challenging his possible successor to emulate him.
Both Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka paid a special tribute to a man who has shown stewardship in the country’s leadership but also commended his perseverance in the tumultuous reign of the grand coalition govt. Though the head of state steered clear of succession politics, Kibaki cited the 2010 constitution as his major achievement and the economy now on a recovery path. Despite earning accolades for managing the economy, the head of state noted the registration of voters, internal security and a peaceful election as key pillars that will set Kenya on a recovery path maimed by the 2007 poll.