Busy Nairobi Roads to Be Closed for Moi Body Viewing

A section of roads will be closed to allow for the procession of former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi from Lee Funeral Home to Parliament Buildings where his body will be viewed from Saturday, February 8, to Monday, February 10.

They will also be closed to allow for the passage of President Uhuru Kenyatta as he makes his way to Parliament at 10.15 a.m. on Saturday, where he will lead in the viewing of the body. All state officials will also be requested to be seated by 9.45 a.m.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua said that the cortege will depart Lee Funeral Home at 8.05 a.m. and will converge at Parliament buildings with the casket draped with the national flag. 

Cars stuck in traffic in Nairobi city

The former head of state will be accorded full military ceremonial honours which will include the conveying of the body under escort in a gun carriage, accompanied by military musical honours and a 19-Gun Salute.

The casket is expected to take the Valley Road, Kenyatta Avenue and Parliament Way route and there will be a military guard of honour at Parliament Road.

After lying in state for three days, the state funeral procession will on Tuesday, February 11, make its way from parliament buildings to the Nyayo National Stadium, which will host the National Memorial Service.

The roads that will, therefore, be affected are Valley Road, Kenyatta Avenue, Ralph Bunche Road, Uhuru Highway, City Hall Way and Parliament Way.

In addition, Tuesday, February 11, has been declared a national holiday to allow for every Kenyan to celebrate the life and times of President Moi.

Uhuru Highway signpost

Former President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi passed away on Tuesday, February 4, with the proclamation of his death announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who sent his condolences to the family.

He ruled Kenya for 24 years, taking over from founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta who died on August 22, 1978.

His tenure lasted until 2002 when he handed over the reins to Mwai Kibaki.

The national memorial service will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium on February 11, which will be an inter-denominational service by the African Inland Church (AIC).

The former president will thereafter be buried at his Kabarak home on Wednesday, February 12.

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