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Mourning Kibaki: Gov’t Declares Friday 29 a Public Holiday

Friday, April 29 has been declared a national holiday in honour of departed former President Mwai Kibaki. 

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i said a state funeral for the former Head of State will be held at the said date at Nyayo National Stadium.          

“The Government declares Friday the 29th of April 2022 a National Holiday to accord the late President a befitting State Funeral vide a Kenya Gazette,” a statement by the CS who is the chair of the National Funeral Steering Committee for the late President said. 

Following the State Funeral, Kibaki will be laid to rest on Saturday, April 30 at his Othaya home. 

His interment will follow public prayers held at Othaya Stadium. 

Earlier, CS Matiang’i had announced that Kibaki’s body will lie in state at the National Assembly from Monday, April 25 to Wednesday, April 27.

The public viewing will be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday at 10 am. He will be accompanied by the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. 

“All other dignitaries and Government officials are required to have arrived at the National Assembly for the event on or before 9 am,” CS Matiang’i announced. 

The signing of the condolence book of the late President will be launched on Tuesday at Harambee House at 9 am.

“Condolence books will be availed at all regional, county and sub-county government offices for the public,” he added. 

Former President Mwai Kibaki PHOTO/COURTESY

Kibaki took his final bow on Thursday night, April 21 aged 90. 

His demise was announced by Uhuru in a televised address from State House, Nairobi on Friday, April 22. 

In honour of Kibaki, Uhuru directed that the country observe a period of national mourning from Friday until the day he will be laid to rest.

The Jubilee Party leader also directed the Kenyan flags to be flown half-mast across the country and in all the Kenyan embassies abroad. 

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Also, the president asked the deputy-president, the chief justice, cabinet secretaries, the speaker of the National Assembly, the speaker of the Senate, Kenya’s diplomats and anyone authorised by law not to fly the national flag on their official vehicles until the sunset when Kibaki will be laid to rest.

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