Why It Was Unwise To Let Former President Mwai Kibaki Speak At The Late Governor Gachagua’s Funeral


Former President Mwai Kibaki was among other dignitaries present at the late Nyeri County’s Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s farewell ceremony at his Nyeri home.The 85 year old former president was allocated a slot in the day’s program to speak alongside, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy, Ruto and chief opposition leader, Raila Odinga.

While most people were able to comprehend the other speeches of the day, his speech left many Kenyans bewildered as some took to social media to mock and ridicule the former president.

President Mwai Kibaki’s health has long been an issue of concern among Kenyans. Over the years, since handing over the mantle of power, the former president has made a point of living privately away from the limelight without disclosing the exact cause of his illness.

In the full spectrum of the former president’s health issues, the concerned parties should have been keen to jealously guard the former president’s legacy by ensuring someone else gave the speech on his behalf.

Former President Mwai Kibaki isn’t the first president to undergo serious health issues. 40th U.S President Ronald Reagan developed Alzheimer’s which eventually mentally impaired him.

Former U.S President Ronald Reagan handing a handkerchief to former first lady Nancy Reagan during a farewell party given by the White House staff, January 18, 1988.

Despite heavy speculation that his illness long begun while holding officer, he was officially diagnosed 5 years after he left office. His family made sure to preserve his dignity and legacy shielding him from public humiliation. In 1994 Reagan gave his last speech, at his 83rd birthday, before 2,500 people in Washington.

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