Major Achievements of Former President Mwai Kibaki

This is a list of Major Achievements of Kibaki. The Former president of Kenya Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki led the country from December 2002 to April 2013 after which his 10-years tenure lapsed.

Kibaki left behind a rich development legacy that would be remembered by Kenyans forever after handing over the leadership baton to his successor, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kibaki was a prominent public figure, and his fame was cemented in 1974 when Time magazine listed him among the top 100 persons in the world most likely to become heads of state.

The Times foretold what will happen 28 years later. In 2002, he was elected President of the Republic of Kenya, this time running for the third time under the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), after unsuccessfully running in 1992 and 1997 via his own founded Democratic Party (DP).

Kibaki gave his inaugural speech at Uhuru Park on December 29, 2002, promising democracy and prosperity. Kenyans regard him as one of the greatest President of all time 20 years afterward.

Upon ascending into power, he revived Kenya’s ailing economy by constructing infrastructure, collecting revenue, and rehabilitating schools.

The then diminishing Kenyan tourism sector came back to life under his leadership, and businesses boomed.

Major Achievements Of President Kibaki

1. Free Primary Education (FPE)

Free primary Education in Kenya
Kenyan Primary School Children Smiling / Marcel Crozet, ILO

One of the Major Achievements of Kibaki is the introduction of Free Primary Education (FPE), a dream which became a reality in Kenya under his presidency.

Kibaki, a graduate of Makerere University and the London School of Economics, held a special place in his heart for education.

Education, he said, serves as a leveler between the rich and the poor.

His education goal was in line with his economic recovery strategy, which saw global corporations open headquarters and plants in Kenya, resulting in increased economic growth and development.

Kibaki’s reintroduction of Free Primary Education earned him international praise and resulted in a record number of students enrolling in schools.

In the 1960s and 1970s, primary school education was free, but it was phased out after the country’s economy collapsed during the late Daniel Arap Moi’s presidency.

2. Thika Super Highway

Thika Super Highway Photo
Thika Super Highway Photo /courtesy

This is another milestone that will be remembered among the Major Achievements of Kibaki.

The Thika Superhighway is solely credited to the former university lecturer (Kibaki). The East and Central Africa mega-project began in 2009 and was finished in 2012.

To relieve traffic congestion, he envisioned widening the four-lane carriageway to eight lanes, constructing underpasses, offering interchanges at roundabouts, and installing flyover at strategic points.