Retired President Mwai Kibaki has bounced back to the limelight but only to condole with the family of his predecessor, the late Daniel Moi who died on Tuesday.
In video footage shared on social media, the retired President was recorded signing a condolences book at his Muthaiga home.
The development came after Kenyans on social media raised eyebrows on the whereabouts of the former president as key Government officials led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto trooped Parliament building to view the body of the late Moi.
Other dignitaries yet to view Moi’s body include the ODM leader Raila Odinga who was sent to represent President Uhuru at AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The late Moi’s body is set to be laid in state at Parliament building for three days beginning on Saturday to Monday.
His funeral service is slated for Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi.
His remains will be interred at his Kabarak home beside his late wife, Lena Moi.
Former President Mwai Kibaki signs the condolence book while paying tribute to Kenya’s second President, the late Daniel Moi. #RIPMoi
Posted by Standard Digital on Saturday, 8 February 2020
Kibaki who served as Moi’s Vice President for ten years from 1978 to 1988 had a rocky relationship with his boss leading to his sacking.
He also held cabinet ministerial positions in the Kenyatta and Moi governments, including time as minister for Finance (1969–1981) under Kenyatta, and Minister for Home Affairs (1982–1988) and Minister for Health (1988–1991) under Moi.
Kibaki served as an opposition Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2002. He unsuccessfully vied for the presidency in 1992 and 1997.
He served as the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament from 1998 to 2002. In the 2002 presidential election, he was elected as President of Kenya.
In preparation for the 2002 elections, Kibaki’s Democratic Party-affiliated with several other opposition parties to form National Alliance Party of Kenya(NAK).
A group of disappointed KANU presidential aspirants then quit KANU in protest after being overlooked by outgoing President Moi who picked Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor.
His campaigns got a major boost after Raila Odinga folded his party to support him for the presidency. He won the seat and Moi peacefully handed powers to him.