The late former President Daniel Moi’s funeral received an unsuspected twist.
Following Moi’s death on Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered that the ex-Head Of State would be accorded a state funeral.
During a press conference on the same day, Rongai MP Raymond Moi clarified that the government had taken over everything pertaining to the final journey of the country’s icon.
Reports emerged that the family and the administration read from different scripts on the ‘Professor of Politics’ final resting place.
Details disclosed that Uhuru’s government had floated the idea of burying the once head of KANU party at Uhuru Gardens.
Led by the Deputy Head of Public Service William Musiambo, their reason behind the suggestion was anchored upon the burial of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
The family of the deceased, however, rejected the idea highlighting that the move would go against Moi’s wishes.
They reiterated that the second president of the country would be laid to rest at his Kabarak home next to his late wife, Lena Moi.
According to further information, Moi made the decision after elders refused to have the spouse buried in Sacho, which is his home town as reported by a local daily.
This left the ‘Nyayo’ man with no option but to resign to the idea.
As Lena was put six feet under, the once vice-president of the country indicated that he wanted to be next to her when his time came.
Before being transported to Kabarak, Nakuru on Wednesday, Moi will not be accorded the normal 21 gun salute as part of the military ceremony.
It was indicated that the late leader would instead be given a 19 gun salute since he did not die in office.
President Uhuru is set to lead the viewing of the body on Saturday after he returns from the United States.
The body would then be moved to Nyayo Stadium for a church service that would be conducted by the AIC church.