Government declares February 11th public holiday to honor late Mzee Moi

The Nyayo monument at Nairobi's Central Park. The government has declared Tuesday a public holiday in honor of late Mzee Moi./Joyce Jura

The government has declared Tuesday, the 11th February, 2020 a public holiday to allow Kenyans attend the funeral service of former President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, which will be held at Nyayo Stadium.

In a gazette notice dated 6th February, 2020, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i declared Tuesday a public holiday in order to accord Kenyans the opportunity to attend the National Memorial service in honor of the life of the late Mzee Moi.

While addressing the press in Nairobi on Thursday, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua outlined a program that the state had arranged for the burial from Saturday, where the public will have an opportunity to view the body of Mzee Moi to Wednesday when the body will be receiving the last respect.

Mzee Moi will be accorded full military ceremonial honors, which include, Conveyance of the body of the former Head of State under escort in a Gun Carriage, accompanied by Military Musical Honors and a 19 Gun-salute.

According to the program, the cortege will leave the funeral home at 08:05am on Saturday 8th February, 2020; and will be conveyed to Parliament Buildings with the casket being draped in the National Flag and escorted by the Family of the late Mzee Moi.

The public viewing at Parliament Buildings will be done on Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 08:00am and 5:00pm.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, will on Saturday 8th February, 2020 lead the Nation in viewing of the body of the former President, as well as the paying of last respects.

After lying-in-state for three days, the gun carriage and State Funeral Procession will make its way from Parliament Buildings to Nyayo Stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service led by African Inland Church (AIC), on Tuesday 11th February.

Moi who died on Tuesday will be buried at his Kabarak home on Wednesday February 12th.

Additional Reporting by Mike Mbugua