Lucy Kibaki breaks her long silence

The statement from the Presidential Press Service came hours after a local daily run a front page story with the headline “Where is Lucy Kibaki.”/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – First Lady Lucy Kibaki on Monday broke her long silence, condemning a terror attack on St Polycarp ACK Church in Nairobi that killed a child and wounded eight others on Sunday.

The statement from the Presidential Press Service came hours after a local daily run a front page story with the headline “Where is Lucy Kibaki?”

Her statement however did not answer health concerns raised by The Star newspaper. Mrs Kibaki’s statement only focused on the deadly attack.

“The First Lady termed the attack as a cowardly act on innocent children. She condoled the family of the 9 year old Master Ian John Muya and wished the injured children quick recovery,” the statement read.

She urged Kenyans to remain vigilant and work closely with the security agencies especially now that Kenya Defence Forces and AMISOM troops had made remarkable progress after the entry in Kismayu, one of the Al Shabaab’s strongholds.

Mrs Kibaki told Kenyans to report any suspicious acts to the police to enhance security across the whole country.

She also called on Kenyans to shun religious divisions reminding the country that the Somalia incursion was a war on terror and was not targeting any religious group.

“The First Lady appealed to Kenyans not to agree to be divided along religious lines, noting that the fight against terrorism was a universal fight against fundamentalist and extremist agents,” the first lady advised.

Meanwhile, Capital FM News has independently established that Mrs Kibaki is not in a critical condition.

“I can tell you and assure you she is alright, she is at her home in Muthaiga, she reads newspapers everyday and goes on with her day to day activities,” a source who did not want his name published as he is not authorised to speak to the media told Capital FM News.

The First Lady has been out of public limelight for a while prompting rumours of her ill health.

“It is very unfair that people say very serious things that are hurting to many others. Lucy has a family. She has daughters, sons, grandchildren, other family members, friends and even many Kenyans who care about her. It is bad that people go around talking like this without thinking what those who care feel,” the source said.

JUDIE KABERIA

JUDIE KABERIA

Judie, a Special Projects Reporter started practicing journalism in 2003. She has worked in Kenya and Germany. Judie has scooped awards in Reproductive Health, Population, Gender and Development. She has participated in international conferences in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands. Judie has written a booklet, 'Justice and Peace in the Kenyan Eye'. She has a soft spot for human rights, crime, peace and justice stories and she is now pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Leicester (U.K).

  • Ng’etich

    Let the so called State House send his video speaking on a current issue if we must trust them. Those sources of yours can not be trusted because they have an interest in the matter.

  • AdamorEve

    I am yet to see significant efforts from the government and so i will not comment on that. What is notable to me, is the hairstyle of the first lady, make up finely done…looks splendid!

  • Tom Randiki

    We are slipping into the abyss occupied by the banana republics. The health of our leaders is public property and rightly so. There is absolutely no shame in admitting to a personal sickness. Prof Nyong’o and Mrs Beth Mugo have talked publicly about their illness and, if anything, their standing in the public eye has actually increased due to their forthrightness. I just wish all leaders would follow suit.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Epiphron Mythical Dysfunctional Cire Ua

      Mrs.Kibaki is not an elected leader. She did not run for any office is not answerable to the public. her health issues are for her and her family to deal with. You deserve nothing more than what she decides to disclose. What we are becoming is a tabloid nation, with some of our media houses degenerating into gutter press.

      • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

        Lucy doesn’t fit the title of first lady but LAST LADY!

      • Tom Randiki

        It may come as a surprise to you, but Mrs Kibaki is answerable to the public by dint of her special relationship to our President. Also, tabloids by nature feed on our lack of transparency. The day we embrace openness in the handling of the personal affairs of public officers, will be the day the tabloids disappear. If Prof Nyong’o or Mrs Beth Mugo had chosen the path of secrecy regarding their health status, by now they would have been fair game for the local tabloids.

      • Kamtech

        I totally agree. Our media just want to hear any drama about the first lady so that they can get news for the next one month.Let the first lady live her life. At least we know she is still alive and kicking…………….long live Mrs.Lucy Kibaki

  • http://www.facebook.com/Epiphron Mythical Dysfunctional Cire Ua

    So instead of discussing the murder of an innocent child, we are discussing the presidents wife? Typical. vision 20(NEVER).

    • upuzi_tele

      Yes, let Lucy Kibaki tell us why she gets a salary without having to work? Her salary of more than 500k salary per month for doing nothing can pay for the employment of a few polices officers to help improve the security situation of this country.

      • Dorothy

        You are right my friend, we must find out where she is and be on a move with the husband just the way she was doing before in order to get what she deserves. Surely how can you be paid for doing nothing?For the murder of innocent children lets pray for quick recovery.

      • Natural Sceptic

        Be rational. Lucy Kibaki did not ask for it. Have you asked your MP to vote against it?

  • Minah

    KUMBE SHE IS OUT OF HOSPITAL AS THEY REPORTED THAT SHE HAS BEEN @ AGA KHAN HOSIPTAL WE WISH HER ALL THE BEST WHICHEVER THE SITUATION

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gibson-Nabuteya-Amenya/1388782851 Gibson Nabuteya Amenya

    Lucy Kibaki need to be in public not to hear at PPS statements ,where is first lady since 2009 we have heard very little of her,burial of Michuki,Njenga Karume saitoti and Ojode

  • Young Mau Mau

    let the old lady be. if she does not want to be seen in public, its probably a family thing. her hubby is worse in my opinion and its probably why they got married in the first place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/beloveddan Beloved King

    This woman doesn’t work, yet she earns allot of the tax payers money!!!!

  • PASTOR PAUL

    PLS LEAVE MRS KIBAKI ALONE. HA NAWAO

  • PASTOR PAUL

    THERE ARE MORE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES TO DISCUSS SO THAT KENYA CAN MOVE ON. STOP DRAGGING THIS GREAT BEATIFUL COUNTRY BACK TO OLD TIMES. BE FOCUSED. PEACE BE UPON KENYA!!!