Nairobi, KENYA: Mama Lucy Kibaki might have gone forever but many will remember her for being outspoken on family and national issues.
Born in 1940, Lucy Kibaki was Kenya’s First Lady from 2002 to 2013 with many referring to her as a no-nonsense woman.
During her time as the first lady of Kenya, Lucy Kibaki was a vibrant public figure, one of the several events that will stick in many Kenyans mind is when she slapped an MC during a function when he confused the names of First Lady.
During the 2010 promulgation of the new Constitution, she also attended the historic event that was graced by local and foreign dignitaries.
She has since kept a low profile and was not even present when her husband former President Kibaki handed over power to President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013.
Her close family, relatives and friends had maintained prolonged silence over her whereabouts.
Some will also remember her when she together with her security stormed Standard media offices in a protest over a story about her family.
Most importantly Mama Lucy will also be remembered because of her extensive campaigns on HIV and AIDS back in 2003.
Perhaps an event that many may not also be forgotten is when she stood with her husband former president Mwai Kibaki, when giving a speech about how many wives he has.
She died on Tuesday, days after being admitted at Bupa Bromwell Hospital in London, with news of her sickness coming at a time when Kenyans had started asking about her whereabouts.
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She is survived by her husband Mwai Kibaki and four children Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji.
Lastly, Lucy will also be remembered for her no-nonsense attitude, with many saying how she was feared by State House staff, ministers and politicians when she was a tenant at the house on the hill.
Rest in Peace Mama Lucy your memory will forever be with Kenyans.