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Read Raila’s heart warming message to ailing Kibaki

Cord leader Raila Odinga on Monday sent a heartening message to former President Mwai Kibaki who was flown on Sunday to South Africa for specialised treatment.

In his message, Mr Odinga told his former coalition government partner that Kenya still needs him.

“Mama Ida and I send good wishes to the former President H.E Mwai Kibaki and his entire family following his hospitalisation. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this trying moment. We believe all Kenyans have him in prayers too.

“We also wish the President speedy recovery and we encourage his family to stay strong. Get well soon Mr President, our country still needs you,” read the statement in full.

Retired President Mwai Kibaki was on Sunday afternoon flown to South Africa for specialised treatment after he was taken ill over the weekend and rushed to Karen Hospital in Nairobi.

Government officials and his family were guarded with information on the former President’s health, but the Daily Nation learnt that Mr Kibaki was wheeled into the hospital’s emergency unit on Saturday night at around 9pm.

On Sunday, it was feared that Mr Kibaki, 84, may have suffered a stroke, although there was no confirmation by either family or hospital.