Mwai Kibaki
Former President Mwai Kibaki
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Following the death of the former president, Emilio Mwai Kibaki, the body is currently lying in state at the parliament buildings for public viewing.

If you’ve had the opportunity to personally view the body or even seen photos of the scene on social media, I am certain you have seen some artefacts placed beside the bed-like structure where the body lies.

The artefacts include a golf club, military attire and a shelf with books arranged on it.


Such pieces seemed to be important during the president’s life and in this article, I am dissecting the theories as to why these items were placed just right next to the late Mwai Kibaki’s body.

First, the Military attire symbolizes his role as the commander in chief, of the armed forces, during his reign for the ten years he served as the president of the republic.

Still on the military uniform, just beside the left sleeve of the coat, stands a golden-like sword which is believed to symbolize power, that was vested in him as the commander in chief.

The second artefact is a golf club that lies against a shelf.

Word on the street is that the late former president, Mwai Kibaki, was a lover of golf-related activities such that he adored the sport as his hobby.

It is said that after retiring from such a crucial position, the late former president would take time out of his routine and with a well-equipped golf bag, stroll to Muthaiga Golf Club since it is believed he used to live around Muthaiga environs, and enjoy the sport with the company.

Word is that he also owned the famous, Thika Greens Golf Club in Kiambu.

Thirdly, a shelf, with books neatly arranged on it, was also on display.

To enrich your mind and to be able to engage in conversation affecting the world today, you need to be a sucker for books and as wise as he was, the late former president was believed to be an enthusiastic reader.

Rest in eternal peace, Emilio Mwai Kibaki.

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