Kibaki's Death: Uhuru Declares National Mourning Period

  • Former President Mwai Kibaki passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022
    Former President Mwai Kibaki passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022
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  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has made four declarations following the death of retired President Mwai Kibaki.

    In his statement at State House, Nairobi on Friday, April 22, Uhuru declared a period of national mourning with flags flying at half-mast until President Mwai Kibaki is buried.

    Further, in honour of Mwai Kibaki, Uhuru announced that a special committee will be tasked with the responsibility of planning the burial of the late President.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his predecessor Mwai Kibaki.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) and his predecessor Mwai Kibaki.
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    "...that in the testimony of the highest of esteem in which all Kenyans hold the person and the memory of President Mwai Kibaki, the Nation will observe a period of national mourning from today until sunset of the day of his interment," Uhuru stated.

    Further, the President stated that the late Mwai Kibaki will be accorded a State Funeral, with full Military Honours and Protocols being rendered and observed.

    Uhuru ordered the Flag of the Republic of Kenya to be flown at half-mast at State House. The Flag will also be at half-mast in all Kenyan Diplomatic Missions, Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts, and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and elsewhere throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Kenya.

    The President declared that the flag will be at half-mast from today until sunset on the day of his burial.

    "That the President, the Deputy President, the Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Speaker of the Senate, Kenya’s Diplomats abroad and whomsoever else is so authorized by law, shall not fly the national flag on their official motorcade from today until sunset on the day of his interment," Uhuru ordered.

    Uhuru eulogized the Late Kibaki as the true embodiment of a statesman and reiterated that his legacy shall be remembered throughout all generations.

    "...while Emilio Mwai Kibaki is no longer with us in body, his spirit, legacy, values and ideals live on in you and in the limitless ways that he made Kenya immeasurably better. 

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the launch of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) on March 24, 2022
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the launch of the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) on Thursday, March 24.
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    "Mwai Kibaki lives on in the hearts of millions of Kenyans, East Africans and Africans who benefited from his leadership admired his character, and were inspired by his example. 

    "Mwai Kibaki lives on in our fond memories of his strength of will, charm, wit, and passionate love of God, Family, Nation, and Humanity," Uhuru stated.

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