The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has taken control of the Lee funeral Home Nairobi where the body of former President Daniel arap Moi is being take care of.
Gen Mwathethe, Kenya Airforce ,Kenya Navy, Police Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai, Cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Charles Keter (Energy), Amina Mohammed (Sports), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Simon Chelugui (Water) were among government officials and politicians who arrived at the mortuary.
The body arrived at the mortuary in a private ambulance at 8.25am from The Nairobi Hospital where Mr Moi was undergoing treatment. A team of doctors from the military said to be part of a medical team carried out a post-mortem examination on the former president’s body.
President Kenyatta said the country will observe a period of national mourning and the Kenyan flag be flown at half-mast “as an expression of public sorrow” from Tuesday until the day of Moi’s funeral, which is yet to be set.
“That as an expression of public sorrow the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from dawn on 4th February, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the Burial,” the Presidential Proclamation read in part.
The late Moi was the longest serving president in Kenyan history and rose to power in 1978 upon the death of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta.
Moi was president of Kenya for 24 years before handing over to former president Mwai Kibaki in 2002.