PHOTOS: Military Briefs DP Ruto on Moi’s Burial Arrangements

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Brigadier Wesonga of Kenya Arm briefed Dr. William Ruto, on the final arrangements of the Late retired President Daniel Moi’s funeral on Monday at the Deputy President’s Karen Office.

The former president will be laid to rest in a state funeral with full military & civilian honors.

While announcing the death of the second head of state, President Uhuru Kenyatta through a proclamation gave an order that there was going to be a period of 9 days national morning.

The president also appointed government officials into a funeral committee chaired by the head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua.

The committee has been working closely with Moi’s family led by Baringo Senator and his siblings.

Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi severe as Kenya’s president from 1978 to 2002.

He took over power from the founding father, Jomo Kenyatta following his death.

Having been a Commander In Chief of the Kenya Armed Forces, the military will accord his final journey military honors similar to that of a top-ranking office.

According to a date proposed by the committee, Moi will be laid to rest on Tuesday 12th February at his Kabarak home according to his wishes.

President Uhuru Kenyatta who is out of the country is expected to lead Kenyans in a public viewing of the body at Parliament buildings.

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Moi’s body will lie in state for three days after which a requiem mass will be held at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.

Rift Valley Regional Commissioner, George Natembeya is coordinating the government’s plans at the home of the former CIC to ensure he gets a befitting send-off.

President Moi passed on while undergoing treatment at Nairobi hospital.

Many Kenyans have mourned him as a leader who had so much passion for education.

The legacy many citizens identify themselves with is the famous “Maziwa Ya Nyayo, a milk program initiated by Moi to motivate Kenyan children at schools.

He also pioneered many primary & secondary schools across the country.

However, his fierce critics say he was a dictator where the country experience a large number of extrajudicial killings of those who were perceived to be against his leadership.

In 1982, barely five years into his tenure as the country’s president, Moi’s administration was hit by a failed attempt to overthrow him.

The coup was led by then Kenya Airforce before it was disbanded and the three arms of the military incorporated as Kenya Defence Forces.

This, according to people who worked closely with him led to his negative attitude towards his critics.

Carol Kirorei

Carol Komen is a Journalist & Blogger. She currently writes for The Daily Statesman.

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