President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, June 12 ordered that both the East African Community and the Kenyan flags be flown half mast in honour of the late Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza.
In a statement, the Head of State said that the flags shall be flown half mast at all public buildings, grounds, wherever else throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya and also at all of Kenya’s Diplomatic Missions abroad.
The directive will be in effect from Saturday, June 13 to the sunset of the day when Nkurunziza will be laid to rest.
“In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Republic of Burundi, the wider EAC and the whole of Africa who are in deep mourning at the loss of a Great Son of Africa I, Uhuru Kenyatta, under the authority vested in me as the President of the Republic of Kenya, do hereby order and direct that in memory of the Late President Pierre Nkurunziza, and in solemn solidarity and mourning; the Flag of the East African Community and the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast from dawn on Saturday, 13 until sunset on the day of his interment,” Uhuru said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Uhuru mourned the late Nkurunziza as an outstanding regional counterpart who served his country with distinction as Head of State and who worked tirelessly for the peace and stability of his country.
Announcing his death, Burundi government said that the outgoing Head of State died after suffering a cardiac arrest two days after being admitted at Karusi Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital after feeling unwell.
Nkurunziza was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, June 6,and on Monday afternoon, his health deteriorated drastically with doctors trying to resuscitate him for several hours but to no avail.
The Burundian Government announced seven days of national mourning with the country’s flags flying half-mast during the period.
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