Noah Pitcher is a global politics correspondent for Today News Africa covering the U.S. government, United Nations, African Union, and other actors involved in international developments, political controversies, and humanitarian issues.
Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has passed away at the age of 90, as announced Friday by President Uhuru Kenyatta. He was the third President of Kenya and was in office from 2002 to 2013.
Like many politicians, Mwai Kibaki leaves behind a complicated and nuanced legacy. His political career was long and impactful, though he did not live up to all of his initial promises.
When Mwai Kibaki was elected President in 2002, he was celebrated by many as the end to decades of one-party rule. His election signified a new start and an opportunity to step away from authoritarianism and corruption.
Under President Mwai Kibaki’s leadership, the Kenyan economy saw extreme economic growth. According to data from the World Bank, Kenya had an average annual GDP growth of roughly 4.4% from 2002 to 2013.
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