Daniel Moi: Tuesday declared public holiday in honour of ex-president

    Chairman of the steering committee planning for the a State Funeral with full civilian and military ceremonial honours, Joseph Kinyua, also the head of Public Service announced there will be three days of public viewing of the departed president’s remains at Parliament buildings starting from Saturday

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    The government has declared Tuesday, 11 February 2020, a public holiday to honour retired president Daniel Arap Moi, whose buried is scheduled for his Kabarak home the following day.

    Chairman of the steering committee planning for the a State Funeral with full civilian and military ceremonial honours, Joseph Kinyua, also the head of Public Service announced there will be three days of public viewing of the departed president’s remains at Parliament buildings starting from Saturday.

    A national memorial service set for Tuesday at Nyayo National Stadium, a day after the end of the public viewing “with the casket being draped in the national flag”. The inter-denominational Christian service will be led by theAfrican Inland Church.

    “To allow our nation to reflect on President Moi’s momentous role and achievements, and to accord all Kenyans the opportunity to participate in public viewing and the paying of last respects to the former Head of State and Government; the body of President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi shall lie-in-State in Parliament,” said Kinyua, noting President Uhuru Kenyatta will be the first to view the body on Saturday morning followed by state officials before the public is allowed to pay their last respects to the former president who died on Tuesday.

    “All State Officials whose attendance is required by tradition and State Protocol have been notified; and they are therefore requested to be in the precincts of Parliament…”

    Kinyua said the body will be escorted from Lee Funeral Home in a military procession snaking through the city to Parliament where it will lie in state for three days.

    “The Government encourages all Kenyans to participate in the State Ceremonies, and to also take time to honour the memory and legacy of the late Mzee Moi by reflecting on ways in which each one of us can foster the wellness of our Nation by creating a more peaceful, loving and united Kenya,” he said, urging Kenyans to plant a tree in memory of Moi “or undertake an act of benevolence for the most needy members of our society”.

    Kinyua said several Heads of State and former leaders had confirmed attendance in the memorial service and the burial.

    “The Government continues to receive messages of condolences from foreign Governments, and we are in the process of compiling the list of Heads of State and Government and other foreign dignitaries who have indicated to us that they shall attend the State Memorial Service. The full list of attendees will be announced to the Nation in due course.”

    He said the former Head of State will be accorded full military ceremonial honours, which include conveyance of the body of the former Head of State under escort in a Gun Carriage, accompanied by military musical honours and a 19 sun-salute. 

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