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Jimmy Kibaki: I’m Under Pressure to Join Politics

Late President Mwai Kibaki’s son, Jimmy Kibaki has admitted that he is under pressure to join politics. 

Speaking at the Parliament buildings where his father’s body is lying in state, he noted that the pressure comes from people who miss Kibaki’s leadership. 

“To tell you the truth, I’ve been under a lot of pressure in the last 5 years and most of that pressure come from people who have been missing Mzee or seeing him out there in the political arena,” Jimmy said. 

Jimmy did not rule out joining politics, however, noting that he would address the same after burying his departed father. 

“There are a lot of people who would want to see my family involved in active politics and this is where I come… Let’s get over this period of mourning and we’ll be making some statements after that,” he said. 

Jimmy Kibaki, his sister Judy Wanjiku and Deputy President William Ruto PHOTO/COURTESY

Jimmy also spoke on his dad’s health prior to his untimely death, noting that he was ill for the last three years but his condition became worse in the last three months. 

“I can say that my father has been unwell for about three years. This was mainly because of his advanced age,” he said. 

Following his retirement in 2013, Jimmy said his dad resorted to focus on himself and his family. 

“I was born in 1963 at a time he was active in politics. He retired 50 years later and for the first time, I had him all to myself. I could visit him anytime at home or in the office. All he wanted was to focus on his family, especially the grandchildren,” Jimmy said. 

The 59-year-old also noted that he is yet to believe that his dad is no more. 

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“My father has been there all my life, he has been a huge presence in my life. It will hit me when he burry him that he is no more,” he said.

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