Lucy Kibaki

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Her Excellency
Lucy Kibaki
Lucy Kibaki.jpg
First Lady of Kenya
In office
30 December 2002 – 9 April 2013
Preceded by Ngina Kenyatta1
Succeeded by Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta
Personal details
Born Lucy Muthoni
1936 (1936)
Mukurwe-ini
Died 26 April 2016 (aged 80)
Bupa Cromwell Hospital, London
Nationality Kenyan
Spouse(s) Mwai Kibaki (m. 1961)
Children Jimmy
David Kagai
Tony Githinji
Judy Wanjiku
Residence Nairobi, Kenya

Lucy Muthoni Kibaki (1936 – 26 April 2016)[1] was the wife of former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and was First Lady of Kenya from 2002 to 2013.

Biography[edit]

She was born Lucy Muthoni in 1936 to the Rev. John Kagai, a pastor of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa and Rose Nyachomba, in Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County, Mount Kenya.[2] She was educated at Alliance Girls High School,[3] then trained as a teacher, working first at Kamwenja Teachers College and later at Kambui College in Kiambu, where she rose to the post of principal.[2] She met Mwai Kibaki in 1959. After a two-year romance, the couple married in 1961, with Lucy quitting her teaching career in 1963.[2] They had four children: Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai and Tony Githinji. Kibaki was a patron of the Kenya Girl Guides Association.[4]

Lucy was renowned for her volcanic temperament and disregard for Mary,who was allegedly Kibaki's second wife. This was ,however, confirmed to be false .[5]

Lucy died on 26 April 2016 at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, after brief hospitalization at the Nairobi Hospital for chest pains.[2] She was 80.

Charitable work[edit]

Lucy was known for supporting disadvantaged and disabled people.[6] She chaired the Organization of the 40 African First Ladies Against HIV/Aids.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phombeah, Gray (2005-05-06). "Kenya's controversial first lady". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d Obwocha, Beatrice (26 April 2016). "Lucy Kibaki dies". Daily Nation. 
  3. ^ "Alliance Girls High School: Historical Perspectives". Alliancegirlshigh.com. 1948-02-28. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ KBC, 23 February 2007: First Lady assures KGGA of support
  5. ^ http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21698625-mama-lucy-was-volcanic-feared-and-above-all-respected-she-died-april-26th-aged-82
  6. ^ a b BBC News, 19 May 2006 Kenyan first lady in Aids storm