Lucy Kibaki, Kenya’s most controversial former first lady died in a hospital of London of an unrevealed illness.
Mrs. Kibaki had earned notoriety for slapping a camera man in 2005 when she’d stormed offices of a private media group enrage at way a story about her had been conveyed.
In tribute to the former first lady, President Uhuru Kenyatta commended her role in battling HIV/Aids in Kenya.
Mrs Kibaki, who’s born in 1940, had withdrawn from the public life during latter part of her husband’s rule.
Kenya’s Daily Nation reported that the former first lady was last seen at a public function in August 2010, when she looked excited about the implementation of the new constitution, while dancing to a song.
President Kenyatta said that she’d been unwell for last month, receiving the treatment in both UK & Kenya.
Mrs. Kibaki, who was trained as a teacher, quit her job not long after her marriage in 1962 to raise her 4 children.
“Her Excellency will be remembered for her immense contribution in development of country,” said the president in a statement.
According to Daily Nation, she organized the 1st International Aids Run in year 2003.
However, that reporters say she also motivated condemnation when she had said that the unmarried youth had “no business” using condoms, calling on stud Mrs. Kibaki was most controversial of Kenya’s 1st ladies, crossing swords with the diplomats, politicians, policemen and the journalists she believed hadn’t treated her with the sufficient respect.
A few months after her husband became the president, she’s stated to have shut down a bar inside the State House that’s a watering hole for ministers & the close allies of Mr. Kibaki.ents to refrain from sex to avoid HIV.
In 2005, she’d stormed into the home of her neighbor, the World Bank’s then-country director Makhtar Diop, in tracksuit at midnight & she’d demanded to turn his music down at private party to mark the finale of his posting in Kenya.