Uhuru, Kikwete attends Lucy Kibaki’s burial
07 May 2016, 13:55
Nyeri - President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete were among high profile guests who attended funeral service of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki in Othaya, Nyeri County.
Mama Lucy’s body arrived at Othaya Approved Grounds at around 10.40am in a convoy of more than 15 vehicles including that of former President Mwai Kibaki and family members.
Kibaki’s Mercedes car was being driven closely behind the hearse.
Mourners drawn from all walks of life started trooping at the grounds at 7.00am.
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Security checks were conducted by police officers and National Youth Service (NYS) servicemen who were also service the mourners with bottled water.
President Uhuru arrived in a Kenya Air Force chopper few minutes past 11.am and landed at Birithia Girls High school field.
Deputy President William Ruto together with Kikwete had arrived about 30 minutes earlier in commercial choppers that landed at Othaya Boys High School.
Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta and some members of her family were present.
The funeral mass, which was led by Nyeri Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairu, started at 11.30am while the body was carried to the tent by KDF officers surrounded by some catholic clergymen.
Government officers including Cabinet Secretaries led Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Dan Kazungu (mining), Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution), Eugene Wamalwa (Water), Principal Secretary Monica Juma among others were in attendance.
National assembly speaker Justin Muturi and area MP Mary Wambui also led a group of parliamentarians and Senators to the burial.
Governors including Ken Lusaka (Bungoma), Waithaka Mwangi (Nyandarua), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Joshua Irungu (Laikipia) and others also attended the burial which was a state event.
Speeches were controlled by Nyeri senator Mutahi Kagwe who was the master of ceremony.
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