Kenyans took to social media on Friday to send retired President Mwai Kibaki birthday messages as he turns 88 today.
Kibaki marks his 88th birthday amidst concerns over his health status having recently been taken to Nairobi Hospital for what his aide described as “routine checkup.”
The former president has been in and out of hospital for examination, the most recent visit being October 28th, according to Daily Nation.
On Friday, a family source told Daily Nation that Kibaki is faring “very well” and there will be a low-key birthday party, where only a few family members will attend.
“Throwing grand birthday parties has never been the president’s style. The birthday will be marked, but quietly,” the source said.
He said Kibaki “has been resting and catching up with his old friends quietly” and “following world affairs closely”.
Here are some birthday messages to Kibaki from Kenyans online.
Dennis Itumbi said: "Happy birthday President Kibaki. God Bless You, add life to your years and grant you health."
Mwongela Mikwa said: “Happy birthday to my all-time (best) president.”
“We love you Kibaki,” said Ngengi Magana.
“Long live legend,” noted Mich Seron.
Nathan Sialah stated: “We miss your services, sir. You were a true democrat.”
@moalim_ahmad tweeted: "I'm a product of free primary education initiative by Kenya's govt led by Mwai Kibaki, before that, I was just in madrasa & staying around, courtesy of that policy one clan has its first lawyer, a family has its first child with a degree, I depend on my skills. HBD I owe u much."