October 3, 2022

Uhuru Leads Kenyans in Paying Last Respect to President Kibaki

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today morning led the nation in paying last respects to former President Emilio Mwai Kibaki at Parliament building where his body will lie in state for three days.

President Uhuru who arrived at Parliament Buildings at 10.03 am accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta also led government officials, dignitaries and the public in viewing the body of the fallen President who passed away on Thursday night at a Nairobi hospital while undergoing treatment.

Retired Catholic Church Head Cardinal John Njue presided over a brief religious ritual blessing ceremony of the body ahead of the start of public viewing.

Government officials and dignitaries who gathered at Parliament buildings to pay their last respect to the third President of Kenya included the Deputy President William Ruto, former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Speaker of Senate Kenneth Lusaka, Chief Justice Martha Koome and her Deputy Philomena Mwilu, legislatures, governors, Cabinet Secretaries and Principal Secretaries among others.

The late Kibaki aged 91 has been described by Kenyans as a statesman who served the country with a lot of dedication, and who would be remembered for building a strong economy during his tenure.

Prof. Peter Kagwanja who worked for Kibaki as his Advisor, eulogized the former President as a humble, interactive and oriented leader who listened to thoughts that could bring solid solutions, and a personality who never liked gossip and hearsay.

“As a person, he was patient, an organizer who could bring people together and respected professionalism and knowledge for transformation of this country,” he said, adding that as a transformer, he removed the country from negative to something.

On Friday April 29, the military will lead a gun carriage and former President Kibaki’s state funeral procession to Nyayo National Stadium where an interdenominational state memorial service will take place.

The late Kibaki who leaves behind children Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai and Tony Githinji and grandchildren will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 30, this year at his Othaya home in Nyeri County where he will be accorded a State funeral.

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