This article examines the age, marital status, family, and net wealth of the infamous politician Mwai Kibaki. Continue reading the conclusion for additional information. As per Celebritynetworth, At the time of his passing, Kenyan politician Mwai Kibaki had a net worth of $50 million.
Who was Mwai Kibaki?
Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki CGH was a Kenyan politician who served as the country’s third president from December 2002 to April 2013 and is considered one of Kenya’s founding fathers.
|Birth||November 15, 1931|
|Net Worth||$50 million|
|Relationship With||Mary Wambui|
Mwai Kibaki’s Early Years and Education
Kibaki was born on November 15, 1931, in Gatuyaini village, Othaya division, Nyeri District, Kenya (now Nyeri County). He was the youngest son of Kikuyu peasants Kibaki Gĩthĩnji and Teresia Wanjikũ.
Although he was baptized as Emilio Stanley as a child by Italian missionaries, he has been known as Mwai Kibaki throughout his whole public career. Kibaki began his formal education at the Gatuyaini village school, where he spent two years.
Then, between 1944 and 1946, he attended the Karima mission school at Othaya before transferring to the Mathari School. In addition to his academic achievements, he also studied carpentry and stonemasonry at school.
After attending Karima Primary and Nyeri Boarding primary schools, he attended Mang’u High School from 1947 to 1950, earning the top mark in his O Level examinations. Walter Coutts, Kenya’s Chief colonial secretary, forbade members of the Kikuyu, Embu, and Meru communities from joining the military during Kibaki’s final year at Mang’u.
Kibaki attended Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, where he studied political science, economics, and history. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics.
Kibaki remained in Uganda after graduation and worked for the Shell Company of East Africa. Then, he was awarded a scholarship that allowed him to pursue graduate studies at any British university.
He attended the London School of Economics and received a BSc in public finance with honors. He returned to Makerere in 1958 and lectured in the economics department as an assistant lecturer until 1961.
Mwai Kibaki’s Political Career
In 1955, Kibaki worked for Shell Company of East Africa as an assistant sales manager. From 1958 to 1960, he was an assistant lecturer in economics at his alma mater, Makerere University.
He served as Executive Officer for the Kenya African National Union from 1960 to 1963. He was a member of Congress from 1963 until 1974. He served as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Commerce and Industry at that time.
He served as Minister of Finance and Economic Planning from 1970 until 1983. He also served as Minister of Health, Minister of the Interior, and Minister of National Heritage. He was the second official opposition leader from 1998 to 2002.
From 1978 to 1988, Kibaki served as the fourth Vice President of Kenya under Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. In 2002 Kibaki defeated Uhuru Kenyatta to become President. He was reelected in 2007 under dubious circumstances. He held the presidency until 2013.
What Was Mwai Kibaki’s Net Worth?
At the time of his passing, Kenyan politician Mwai Kibaki had a net worth of $50 million. He is most known for serving as Kenya’s third president from 2002 to 2013.
Mwai Kibaki’s Personal Life
During a state visit in 2003, President Kibaki and Mrs. Lucy Kibaki met with George W. Bush and Laura Bush at the White House. Kibaki was married to Lucy Muthoni from 1961 till 2016 when she passed away.
Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji were their four children. In addition, they have numerous grandkids, including Joy Jamie Marie, Rachael Muthoni, Mwai Junior, and Krystina Muthoni.
Jimmy Kibaki has announced and desired to be his father’s political heir, although he has thus far been unsuccessful. The media reported in 2004 that Kibaki had a second wife, Mary Wambui, whom he supposedly married under customary law, and a daughter, Wangui Mwai.
In response, the State Department issued an unsigned statement stating that Kibaki’s only direct family consisted of his then-wife Lucy and their four children. In 2009, Kibaki, with Lucy present, held a peculiar press conference to reaffirm publicly that he had only one wife.
The topic of Kibaki’s suspected lover and his wife’s extremely dramatic public responses thereto presented an uncomfortable sideshow throughout his presidency, with the Washington Post dubbing the affair a “new Kenyan soap opera.”
Ms. Wambui, the quite popular “other woman” who had the state trappings of a presidential spouse and became a strong and successful businesswoman under the Kibaki Presidency, repeatedly provoked Lucy into periods of highly embarrassing, extremely public outbursts of anger.
Ms. Wambui succeeded Kibaki as Member of Parliament for Othaya in the 2013 General Election, despite opposition from Kibaki’s family, led by Kibaki’s son Jimmy, and despite Kibaki’s public endorsement and campaigning for her opponent.
Senator Bonny Khalwale revealed on the KTN program Jeff Koinange Live in December 2014 that President Kibaki had introduced Wambui as his wife.
Kibaki loves golfing and belonged to the Muthaiga Golf Club. Every Sunday at noon, he attended Consolata Shrines Catholic Church in Nairobi, as he was a practicing and devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church.
Kibaki was brought to Karen Hospital on August 21, 2016, and then flown to South Africa for specialized care. Kibaki’s family has shown minimal interest in politics, with the exception of his nephew, the current governor of Laikipia County, Nderitu Muriithi.
Mwai Kibaki’s Death
Mr. Kibaki passed away on April 21, 2022, at the age of ninety. President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that President Mwai Kibaki will receive a state funeral with full civilian and military honors and a period of national mourning during which flags will fly at half-staff till his burial.
On 25 April 2022, a military gun carriage was used to transport his body to Parliament buildings in lieu of the laying in-state portion of his official funeral. Kenyans were brought by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to visit the body.
His remains were placed on a catafalque wearing the color of his presidential standard and dressed in his signature pinstriped suits at the Speaker’s way. Additionally, his body was guarded by four Kenya Defense Forces colonels who switched shifts every two hours.
The body lay in state until April 27, 2022, prior to the funeral service held at Nyayo National Stadium on April 29, 2022, which was attended by prominent dignitaries, including several sitting presidents.
On 30 April 2022, he was buried with full military honors at his residence in Othaya, Nyeri County, after a Catholic church service at an Othaya-approved school.
The ceremony included the Last Post and The Long Reveille bugle calls, a 19-gun salute, and a fly-by by The Missing Man formation. Tanzania proclaimed two days of mourning, while South Sudan declared three.