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Former Kenyan President Kibaki dies at 90

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 23, 2010 President of Kenya Mwai Kibaki delivers his address during the 65th session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. (Photo: AFP)

Former Kenyan President, Mwai Kibaki, who led the East African country for more than a decade, has died at the aged of 90.

His successor Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement on Friday in an address on state television.

“it is a sad day for us as a country. We have lost a great leader,” Kenyatta said.

Mr Kenyatta ordered a period of national mourning until sunset on the day Kibaki is to be buried, with all flags to be flown at half-mast.

Kibaki served as Kenya’s third president, from 2002 to 2013.

Mr Kenyatta said that as a leading figure in Kenya’s post-independence history… Kibaki earned the abiding respect and affection of the people of this nation.

President Kibaki will forever be remembered as a gentleman in Kenya’s politics. A brilliant debater whose eloquence, wit, and charm won the day time and time again, he added.