Former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki

Kenyan leaders are paying tribute to former President Mwai Kibaki whose death was announced on Friday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta described former President Mwai Kibaki as a “gentleman” of Kenyan politics and a brilliant debater.

Mr Kenyatta remembered Kibaki as a “patriot” for the values for which he lived – “his ideals, his dignity, his diligence, candour and concern for the wellbeing of all Kenyans”.

Deputy President William Ruto, who also served as a cabinet minister under Mr Kibaki, has called him a great son of the country.

Kenya’s former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga also described former President Mwai Kibaki as patriot who “served with diligence, fortitude, honest, and transparency”.

“No one was better than Kibaki in creating team spirit among his ministers,” said Mr Odinga.

Opposition politician Musalia Mudavadi, who served as a deputy prime minister under Mr Kibaki, paid tribute to “an outstanding Kenyan who participated in the struggle to save country from [the] yoke of colonialism and laid foundation for the economic fruits that Kenya is experiencing today”.