Former President Mwai Kibaki Hospitalized
Jun. 29, 2020
Former President Mwai Kibaki is admitted to Nairobi Hospital undergoing “management of severe pain as a result of an infection,” according to sources.
Kibaki was admitted on June 19 and was allocated a VIP ward where he has been receiving treatment for the last 10 days.
The former President who served as Kenya's third President between 2002-2013, is reported to have complained of pain in the lower abdomen.
“Samples were taken for testing in the lab. The results are out and nothing to worry about. His team of doctors are managing the pain,” the source said.
On Sunday, a source in the office of the former president said he is in the hospital for “routine medical check-up.” He is doing well, the source said.
One of his aides told the Star on Sunday on the phone: “It is a normal visit and there is nothing new. He goes there more often for scheduled check-ups be it once in a month or even twice. So no [cause for] alarm.”
The official sought anonymity for he is not allowed to speak to the media on the matter.
Kibaki has maintained a low profile since exiting office in 2013 and was last seen in public in February at Parliament Buildings where the body of ex-President Daniel Moi lay in state.
Kibaki, who is currently 89 years made his way into the precincts of Parliament via an alternative gate facing Continental House. He wore black orthopaedic shoes and had a brown walking stick.
The orthopaedic shoes are worn by people of all ages who are experiencing discomfort as they are designed to support the ankles and the soles.
According to Pedors, a leading supplier of orthopaedic shoes, the footwear is used by patients recovering from foot surgery and those with swollen feet, heel challenges, diabetes or arthritis.
In September last year, Kibaki was in London for a series of medical checks where his knee was also examined. It is understood that Mzee's knee had been sore.
Back in December 2002, Kibaki was flown to the United Kingdom for treatment following an accident in Machakos.
Kibaki, who was the then Opposition leader and his entourage were coming from Machakos after a political rally.
He was elected president that year and sworn in as the country's third President on December 30, 2002.
Kibaki had also been admitted to The Nairobi Hospital on January 20, 2004, for what doctors said was a blood clot in his right leg. He was also diagnosed with mild high blood pressure at the time.
He was discharged eight days later and was able to walk for the first time since his traffic accident at the Machakos junction. He walked slowly with a crutch.
In 2016, the ex-President was flown to South Africa where he successfully underwent surgery on the carotid artery.
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