Upon receiving the news of death of former president Daniel Moi on February 4, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the former Commander-in-Chief would be accorded full Civilian and Military honours during the State Funeral.
Immediately, the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Chief of Defence Forces Gen Samson Mwathethe and Interior CS Fred Matiang’i swung into action to ensure preparations got underway.
Thereafter senior government officials and ordinary wananchi will get a chance to view the body of the man who led Kenya for 24 years.
Moi’s funeral will be the second one to have full military honours in Kenya.
The only other person accorded similar honours was President Jomo Kenyatta when he died in office in 1978.
And because the military is steeped in traditions, Moi is likely to get a 19-gun salute as opposed to 21-gun salute.
Reason? Moi Moi did not die in office like Kenyatta.
However, had the current C-I-C Uhuru Kenyatta directed Moi to be buried in military uniform for his role as Commander-in-Chief during his 24-year rule, he would have the 21-gun salute.
The casket will be draped in the national flag on a stately carriage to be pulled by the military platoon as it was during the state funeral of Kenya’s founding father.
Four other people have received State funerals, but without military honours. They include former Vice President Wamalwa Kijana, Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai, former Nyeri Governor Wahome Gakuru and former First Lady Lucy Kibaki.
Moi who died on February 4 will be buried at his Kabarak home on Wednesday, February 12.
Tuesday, February 11 has been declared a public holiday.
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