3 days of mourning for former Kenyan First Lady who died in London

Mama Lucy Kibaki coffin
Mama Lucy Kibaki's body arrives at Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Photo: Twitter/UKenyatta

Kenya has begun three days of official morning after former First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s body arrived in Kenya following her death in London last Tuesday (26 April).

76 year-old Kibaki, often referred to as “Mama Lucy”, and known for her charity work and quick temper, died while undergoing treatment at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.

She is survived by her husband, Kenya’s third president Mwai Kibaki, who was in power from 2002-2013.

Following her death, President Kenyatta paid tribute to Kibaki’s commitment to improving the lives of Kenyans and fighting AIDS. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also paid tribute to the former first lady.

“In her own way, she gave the position of first lady a new and emphatic role. For her principled stand, Lucy was much misunderstood.” – Raila Odinga

The former First Lady’s state funeral will take place next Saturday (7 May) and flags are being flown at half mast in the country as a sign of respect.