19 December 2012

Kenya: President Bids Farewell to Citizens

President Mwai Kibaki delivered his farewell speech to Parliament. ( Resource: Retiring Kenyan President Bids Parliament Goodbye )

Kenya president Mwai Kibaki has delivered his last address to Parliament at a special sitting as he heads into retirement, reports the Daily Nation.

The speech was Kibaki's last address to Parliament as head of state as he winds up his ten-year term as President since being elected into office in December 2002.

During the Jamhuri Day celebrations, President Kibaki highlighted his legacy including strengthening the economy and infrastructural development.

As he concluded his speech he donated a book to parliament highlighting his political career, and thanked the electorate of "Othaya and Kenyans for their faith in my ability to lead them all these years."

Kibaki hailed the parliament for their cooperation during his tenute of office. "Your legislative achievements have earned you (MPs) a place in Kenya's history," Kibaki said.

Winding up his address, he said: "I extend my blessing to the next Parliament."

Several MPs delivered speeches hailing Kibaki for the good work he has done leading the country and wished him a happy retirement.

Kenya heads into general elections next year in March and the 81-year old leader will not be standing again.

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