AS IT HAPPENED: Lucy Kibaki funeral service
07 May 2016, 10:45
Nairobi - Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki was laid to rest Saturday in Othaya. Find details of the live coverage of the journey to her final resting place below.
Kibaki, who died in a London hospital ten days ago will be buried at the Kibaki home in Othaya later in the afternoon in what is expected to be a private ceremony.
First off though, there will be a funeral mass to be held at the Othaya Approved School which is scheduled to kick off at around 11 am local time.
Dignitaries led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret will lead the way in attending the final send off for the outspoken and much loved former First Lady.
Find updates below.
16:00- And its a wrap. Thank you for the company.
15:53- And with that the mass is over and the family of the late First Lady Lucy Kibaki as well as President Uhuru Kenyatta take their leave to the burial site.
15:50- Officers of the Kenya Defence Forces KDF return to pick up the body of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki and head to the burial site.
15:46- Time for the final rites.
15:44- Senator Mutahi Kagwe is back with some news for the public.
" There will be no attending the burial ceremony because we cant all fit there. We have to respect that fact and leave the family to do the last rites," he announces.
15:33- Time for the vote of thanks from President Mwai Kibaki's brother in law George Njoroge.
" I thank all those who have spoken today and those who have prayed for us as well as spoken to us personally or sent a message.
" We thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for the help in ensuring things are on track.
" We thank all those who worked tirelessly, the military personnel, the cabinet secretaries, Kenya Airways, the medical fraternity as well as all the government committees and local organising committees.
" The State House choir also needs a mention for the good music. Thanks you.
" The clergy too has been very good for us as well as the Consolata Shrine in Westlands for their time and space.
" All the people of Othaya have also been present in this time and we thank them for their time and patience.
15:24- DP Ruto welcomes President Uhuru Kenyatta to the stage.
" I once again reiterate my sadness over the death of the former First Lady.
" The question we need to ask is what have we learnt from the former First Lady?
" First is that we should protect our families.
" Second is that as leaders we remember that in power, our job is to protect the interest of the people of the republic of Kenya.
" Third is to be people who speak out when we have the chance to. We must not keep quiet when we see wrong things done. We have the freedoms to speak and express ourselves for the betterment of the nation.
" Lastly, we must be united as a country which in the end will lift our nation and help us become better people and a successful nation.
" On a personal level, she was a great motivator and disciplinarian and I remember when things were once tough for me in the past, she was one of those who came out clean and told me the truth to my face and I thank her for that.
15:16- Ruto welcomes former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete.
" Sadly the President John Pombe Magufuli could not make it here but he has sent me to represent all of us and Tanzanians who offer their deepest sympathy over the death.
" My wife and I worked with Lucy and the President and know of the impact she had not just on Kenyans but on our lives too.
" We ask that God takes care of the Kibaki family during this difficult time and bless his family.
15:08- Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe welcomes Deputy President William Ruto to speak.
" She was special. She did what she believed in and not something she was expected to do.
" She was not only seen. She was heard. She revolutionized the office of the First Lady.
" There were no lazy people around the Presidency. She made sure that they were gone.
" She was special to all of us and especially to the President and her children and is a loss to all of us. Let us always remember her and what she stood for.
15:06- Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe.
" When I was appointed a minister, she told me if I was in the job to enrich myself I should go into business and not elective politics.
" Here you serve the people," he reminisced.
14:51- The State House choir is back.
14:43- Mwai Kibaki's friends.
“There are so many who would have wanted to send their condolence messages even though they've never met Mama Lucy,”.
“Mama Lucy paid a lot of attention to giving ambition & values of accountability to her children,”.
14:42- Lucy Kibaki's family.
" On behalf of Kagai family we have observed Mama Lucy Kibaki &former Pres. Kibaki stood with us during all trying moments,”
14:29- Lucy Kibaki's sisters speak.
" "Lucy never followed the crowd, she did things her own way"
14:20- More photos from our correspondent Joseph Njung'eh in Othaya.
14:19- Speech from Lucy Kibaki's friends.
"Lucy Kibaki protected her family, she supported her husband whole heartedly and defended her children"
14:14- Speech from one of Lucy Kibaki's benefactors.
14:10- Judy Kibaki reads her speech.
14:03- Now Jimmy Kibaki speaks, after his younger brother David and gives a long history of his life under his mother the late Lucy.
" Anyone knows that she defended her family with her life," he says.
" The legacy that she leaves behind is in we the children and the beautiful grand children," he continues.
13:50- Tony Githinji Kibaki, Lucy and Mwai Kibaki's last born stands to speak.
13:49- State House choir which was founded by the late Lucy Kibaki sings a song in her praise.
13:34" Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe takes over the ceremony. He welcomes Judy Kibaki, the first daughter to Lucy to read the eulogy.
" In the course of her life she has pushed both men and women to be better people and to be accountable for the growth as well as ills of society.
" Lucy Kibaki chose to serve her husband and the nation.
13:30- Anglican church boss Archbishop Eliud Wabukala on the stage. Condoles the family.
" Mama Lucy meant alot to each one of us. I urge you not to be sorrowful but to be happy to have been a part of the life of such a dedicated person.
13:23- The mass is over. Now for the second part of the ceremony. Now time for the vote of thanks.
13:09- It is now time for the holy communion as worshippers stand to take the body of Jesus Christ as part of their religious beliefs.
13:01- More photos from Othaya courtesy of News24 correspondent Joseph Njungeh @Josephwangui2
12:50- Conversation on social media is hot on the absence of CORD leader Odinga and theories as to why he is not at the funeral.
" Has it something to do with the death of one Jacob Juma," Isaac Owuor asks on Facebook.
If you don't understand. This is what happened to Jacob Juma, that Owuor is referring to.
12:36- The mass moves on to the offertory where those attending are free to make an offering to the church.
12:32- A high school student prays for peace in the Kibaki family.
12:29- Despite CORD leader Raila Odinga and opposition leaders not being in attendance, their adversary and former advisor to Odinga Miguna Miguna is in the area as shown in the picture below courtesy of @machakos411
12:27- " She was not afraid to help the poor, the sick, the old and the orphaned ones", he adds.
12:26- " What was the legacy of the late Lucy Kibaki? She taught us to love God, serve him and act in truth and justice in her daily life," the priest adds.
12:24- The priest reminds everyone that the body is only a host for the soul and that it is a temple of God and that Lucy Kibaki despite having painful experiences in her last hours on earth was a person whose soul loved to serve God by her actions towards normal Kenyans.
12:16- The priest begins with reading a shirt eulogy of the former First Lady.
12:08- Just like in the requiem mass which took place Wednesday, only a few people will be allowed to speak in this ceremony, with the family wanting a short and precise mass, Citizen TV reports.
12:04- Hymns continue to be sung at the ceremony as the mass for the former First Lady moves in earnest.
11:59- CORD leader Raila Odinga's seat is currently empty, the Daily Nation reports. It is not yet clear whether he will attend the ceremony, they say.
11:56- The Twitter hash tag #RIPMamaLucy is currently trending in respect for the former First lady.
11:54- According to Citizen TV, the grave of the late Lucy Kibaki will not be cemented, they say, with former President Mwai Kibaki stating that he wants it to remain as natural as possible.
11:52- The funeral mass begins. It is a Catholic ceremony thanks to the Kibaki family orientation. The late Lucy Kibaki was a staunch Catholic.
11:46- The body of the late Lucy Kibaki is brought into the venue of the mass by Kenya Defence Forces personnel.
11:42- Members of the clergy converge at the hearse to offer prayers before the body it is brought into the venue to begin the funeral service.
Members of the Defence Forces can be seen marching towards the body to lift it and begin the procession into the venue.
11:35- Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka shares a photo of him and other Governors awaiting the beginning of the ceremony.
11:29- Othaya MP Mary Wambui, who is infamously referred to as President Kibaki's second wife arrives at the venue and takes her place close to family members.
11:28- President Uhuru Kenyatta finally arrives at the Othaya Approved School accompanied by First Lady Margaret and the usual suspects.
11:26- Former President Mwai Kibaki and his family move into their designated sitting area in the huge tent erected to cover the VIP's during the funeral. It is expected that as many as 2000 people will be housed in the tent.
For those who will not be able to get some space, the government has erected televisions to allow them see the proceedings live.
Around 20,000 people are expected to attend the mass.
11:24- Kevin Munyui @kevinmunyui on Twitter shares a photo of the late First Lady's hearse.
11:17- According to KTN news station, the mass will begin as soon as President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives. It is not yet clear where he is and what the hold up in his arrival is about.
11:11 More famous faces emerge at the VIP section of the mass. Presidential candidate Peter Kenneth can be seen, as are former ministers and top officials during the Kibaki regime including former Finance Minister Robinson Githae as well as ex trade minister Mukhisa Kituyi.
11:10- The State House choir serenades the attendees with a rendition of the song 'it is well with my soul', while they await the beginning of the main ceremony.
11:04- Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi is also in the building, as well as senior government leaders who await the arrival of President Uhuru Kenyatta who is yet to honour the public with his presence.
11:03- Kenya Defence Forces personnel are awaiting to carry the body of the former First Lady into the venue.
11:00- The burial of the former First Lady will be a private ceremony, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu tells News24.
" The family earlier requested that the burial be a private ceremony so no media and only invited persons will be allowed in," he says
10:55- According to Citizen TV, the service will be held in the same manner as was the requiem mass that took place at the Consolata Shrine with the same team that took charge of the mass on Wednesday at the Othaya grounds.
10:51- The State House choir will lead proceedings at the funeral. They are currently singing hymns awaiting the formal beginning of the ceremony.
10:48- Retired President Mwai Kibaki arrives at the approved school grounds accompanied by his children Jimmy and Anthony as well as a number of grandchildren.
10:47- There are expected to be a number of dignitaries at the service, with former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete having already arrived at the venue
10:46- The body is carried in a black Mercedes Benz and took the two hour journey from Nairobi to Othaya in a 60 car entourage.
10:43- The entourage carrying the body of the former First Lady has just arrived at the Othaya Approved School.
10.30- In this earlier photo, Joseph Githinji @josephhoney206 shares a photo of the entourage carrying former First Lady Lucy Kibaki leaving her Muthaiga home in Nairobi.