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Hundreds of Kenyans at Nyayo Stadium for Kibaki funeral service

Kenyans have turned up in large numbers, for the funeral service of former President Mwai Kibaki, at Nyayo Stadium.

The government declared Friday, as a public holiday to allow Kenyans mourn the fallen President and attend the service.

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde are among Heads of State who will be attending the funeral service.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and his counterpart Ken Lusaka have already arrived. Several key leaders are also present.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi who is the chair of the National funeral steering committee and his counterpart for Education George Magoha are also present.

According to the program by 10:30am, President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by the First lady Margaret Kenyatta will have arrived at the stadium.

Kenyans were required to have been seated by 8am to allow smooth flow of the programme for the state funeral.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i made the announcement while supervising the preparations at the stadium accompanied by the National funeral steering committee.

Major roads in the city have been closed to facilitate movement to the venue.

Kenyans queued to pay their last respects to the late president for the past three days, viewing his body at parliament where it lay in state from Monday to Wednesday.

Kibaki will be buried on Saturday, at his rural home in Othaya in Nyeri County.

By KNA

 

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