This came after the former Head of State spent Saturday night and the better part of Sunday at the Karen Hospital, where he was rushed after being taken ill at his Muthaiga home.
The Standard reports that a source close to the Kibakis disclosed that “the family decided to rush him to hospital on Saturday night when he complained of pain in the joints”.
The source further explained that Mr Kibaki had been well during the day but complained of fatigue. He apparently developed complications arising from his 2002 road accident that occurred at the Machakos turn off as his motorcade was coming from a campaign rally.
According to a report by the Nation, Mr Kibaki was wheeled into the Karen hospital emergency unit at around 9pm on Saturday night.
The former President had reportedly been going for check-ups fortnightly at the Karen hospital, which is owned by Dr Dan Gikonyo, his personal doctor.
Hospital staff who spoke confidentially to the press revealed that Mr Kibaki was taken out of Karen hospital in an ambulance that was highly guarded.
“The ambulance was between a police chase car, two Mercedes Benzes and two Toyota VXs,” one of the sources said.
Reports indicate that Kibaki’s family members including his children had initially gone to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but were recalled to Wilson and accompanied him on the flight to South Africa.
A statement from State House noted that the former President was also accompanied by his doctor to South Africa.
“We expect him to return soon, and Kenyans will be informed of his progress as appropriate.
“We ask Kenyans to pray for him and to respect the privacy of the family at this difficult time,” said government spokesman Manoah Esipisu.