, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki who passed away on Tuesday has been described as a strong defender of family values and the girl child in the country.
Legislators in the Senate led by the Leader of Minority Moses Wetangula while passing their condolences to the family of former President Mwai Kibaki following her demise described her as a true patriot.
Wetangula who served as a minister during Kibaki’s tenure says Lucy Kibaki never interfered with their duties but only insisted on efficiency.
“Mama Lucy conducted herself with total distinction. She was a lady of decorum and dignity who never interfered with anybody in the line of duty,” he said.
“She was extremely encouraging and always told me my son; you are giving mzee (former President Kibaki) support and service.”
The legislator revealed that he had visited her twice during her recent admission to the Nairobi hospital.
“She used to go out of her way to protect the dignity, image and the standing of her family without fear or favour,” he said.
Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, a family friend of the Kibaki’s, said the former First Lady was a determined woman who did not entertain pettiness.
“I grew up with the Kibaki’s, so for me it is a personal loss. Our prayers and thoughts go to Kibaki and the family,” he said.
“We knew Mama Lucy as a no nonsense lady and a person who was extremely protective of her family over the 40 years that we have been together.”
Kitui Senator David Musila on his part said, “she was always passionate about the welfare of the youth and less fortunate members of the society.”
Nyeri County Senator Mutahi Kagwe remembered her “as a woman of substance and a leader. She will be remembered for her fight for the girl child.”
His sentiments were echoed by Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen.
According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, Lucy Kibaki died at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital on Tuesday morning.
“Especially notable was her virtues of leadership and commitment to improving the well being of the ordinary Kenyans, in particular her focus in tackling HIV/AIDS, which will remain an inspiration to many,” President Kenyatta said.
His Deputy William Ruto said: “I condole with the family of his Excellency Mwai Kibaki and pray that they bear this grave loss with fortitude.”
Former Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia who worked in President Kibaki’s administration described the late Lucy as a “great hero and patriot of exemplary intelligence, courage in performance of public service and in family.”
“I attest Mama Lucy stood for values of excellence, patriotism, nationalism, peace and unity of Kenya. She had continual passion for justice and fairness to all especially the weak and the poor. ”