The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mwai Kibaki Mirrored in Photos Exhibition

In a rare emotional reunion, president Mwai Kibaki places a kiss on his wife Lucy's left cheek as his son looks on mesmerised.

Although that expressive moment 40 years ago might not be etched in his mind, it was however captured on camera upon his arrival back home from Britain where he and the foreign affairs minister negotiated a 22 million pounds loan.

On the flipside, he and fellow pro-democracy agitators Kijana Wamalwa and James Orengo defiantly confront a contingent of general service unit during the fight for multi-party democracy in the early 1990's. The moment is again captured on camera.

To cap it all, the greatest moment of one of his lifetime achievements is captured as he holds aloft the new constitution during its promulgation at the Uhuru Park three years ago. His beaming face describes his assumed inner feeling of contentment.

A picture it is said speaks more than a thousand words and true to this, the rare moments of President Mwai Kibaki's life's tribulations and achievements are captured by camera and are on exhibition for one month at the KICC.

The photo exhibition organised by the presidential press service displays a lifetime chronology of events of a then young ordinary Mwai Kibaki culminating to his presidency.

The pictures depict his many faces as a family man; a father husband and grandfather. His spiritual side is also on record at the exhibition as seen in one image from the Catholic Holy Ghost church in Mombasa where he is kneeling down deep in supplication.

The photo exhibition coincides with Kenya's 50th anniversary. President Kibaki's government significant progress in infrastructure, healthcare and education are also exhibited as evidence of his development record.

While officially opening the exhibition, cabinet secretary Francis Kimemia lauded the move by the Presidential Press service to hold the exhibition saying, 'This exhibition is a show of appreciation to our great leader Mwai Kibaki. His track record is evident through most of the images on display; there is no dispute about it."

Also present during the official opening of the exhibition was head of Presidential Press service Isaiah Kabira who said, "There was a need for Kenyans to understand the different sides of President Kibaki, that is, his family life, social and leadership life. This was only achievable through exhibiting his lifetime journey through images."

The over 500 images were captured by photographers from the presidential press service and others outsourced from the different media houses and the National archives. Kimemia encouraged Kenyans to tour the exhibition and witness the tremendous development President Kibaki has brought upon the people of Kenya.

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