Kibaki played a pivotal role in the birth of South Sudan: President Uhuru Kenyatta

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President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta says late former President Mwai Kibaki played a pivotal role in the birth of South Sudan.

He says Kibaki was a great leader with vision of the united African continent. His funeral service was held in Nairobi attended by heads of state including South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kenyatta says Kibaki has left a legacy that will last forever in Kenya.

“The Sudan peace accord was negotiated and signed here in Nairobi and was done and concluded during the tenure of the late President Mwai Kibaki. A peace accord that saw the birth of Africa’s youngest nation that of South Sudan,” says Kenyatta.

VIDEO | President Kibaki funeral service:

Kibaki became the third President since independence of Kenya in 1963.

Thousands of Kenyans braved the morning rain to pay their last respects to the former president.

 Kibaki led Kenya from 2002 until 2013 after Arap Moi and Uhuru Kenyatta.

He spearheaded free primary education and access to healthcare in Kenya.

Kibaki will receive military honours when he’s being laid to rest on Saturday at his home town of Othaya, central Kenya.