Leaders pay tribute to Kenyan ex-President Kibaki

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Kenyan leaders are paying tribute to former President Mwai Kibaki whose death was announced on Friday.

Deputy President William Ruto, who also served as a cabinet minister under Kibaki, has called him a great son of the country.

Opposition politician Musalia Mudavadi, who served as a deputy prime minister under Kibaki, paid tribute to “an outstanding Kenyan who participated in the struggle to save country from [the] yoke of colonialism and laid foundation for the economic fruits that Kenya is experiencing today”.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the country will be in national mourning until sunset on the day former President Mwai Kibaki will be buried.

Kenyatta said the former president will be accorded a state funeral.

All flags in the country and diplomatic missions have been ordered to fly at half-mast.

Kibaki was president from 2002 to 2012.

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