In a photo shared by The Standard on Saturday, February 8, Kibaki was seen signing a condolence book in honour of the departed former president.
“Former President Mwai Kibaki pays tribute to the late former President Daniel Arap Moi by signing his condolence book today,” the publication captioned the photo.
As Kenyans and the world mourn the death of former President Daniel Toritich Arap Moi who succumbed on Tuesday, February 4, a debate had emerged on the whereabouts of his successor.
Through a statement sent to media houses, Kibaki hailed Kenya’s second president for submitting to the restoration of multiparty politics in the country. However, Kibaki’s condolence message was communicated to media houses without him appearing in public.
“As the political atmosphere in Kenya progressively underwent a transformation, so did President Moi. To his credit, it is during his tenure as head of state when political pluralism was reinstated in Kenya,” the statement read in part.
“Clearly, the return of multipartyism has opened up Kenya’s democratic space in ways hitherto unimagined. President Moi’s abiding charisma was best exhibited in 2002 when he oversaw an unprecedented smooth transition of power as he proceeded to his retirement.
“His willingness to readily usher the next head of state remains a badge of honour on his leadership as well as statesmanship credentials,” the statement proceeded.
In the statement, Kibaki described Moi as a legendary leader due to his ability to exert authority and instil stability in the country when other regions faced crises in leadership.
“Daniel Arap Moi’s legacy is deeply etched in the unfolding memoir of our nation. His contribution to Kenya we all desire is also indelibly tattooed in the annals of our national history,” the statement concluded.
The death of the former head of state has sparked conversations about the 2002 transition of power with many recalling the historic day, when Kibaki held the hope of millions of Kenyans in his hands.
This prompted members of the public and the media to question the whereabouts of Kibaki, who has remained reclusive since his retirement in 2013.
On October 31, the media was filled with reports that Kibaki was ill and had been admitted to the hospital, however, his private assistant Ngari Gituku refuted the reports stating that the former head of state was fine.