Kibaki was sworn in as the third president of Kenya on 29 December 2002 in a wheelchair, where he served for two terms till April 2013. President Kibaki’s two-year term opened a new chapter for “Kenya’s economic revival, infrastructure rebuilding, and constitutional overhaul. His administration put the Kenyan economy back on track with a growth rate from a low 0.4% in 2002 to 7% by the end of 2007.
Following the success of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation, the Kenya Vision 2030 was formulated. This was the blue-print to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030, and that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all the citizens by the year 2030 in a clean and secure environment.
Under his leadership the country saw the implementation of the first five years of the Vision 2030 blueprint. This includes the numerous infrastructure development projects, and the constitutional, legal, judicial, institutional transformation envisaged and planned for under the economic, political and social pillars on which the Vision stands.
The passage of a new constitution in August 2010 further marked another major triumph for Kibaki’s presidency