Thursday, February 8th marked the first day of viewing the Late Retired President Daniel Moi’s body at Parliament building in Nairobi.
Led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, Speakers of National and Senate Assemblies, several Governors, Senators and MPs led Kenyans in viewing the late Moi’s body.
After key dignitaries had gotten a glimpse of the late Moi’s remains, members of the public were given a nod to view the late’s body.
According to the clerk of the National Assembly, Michael Sialai over 20,000 members of the public had an opportunity of viewing the late Moi’s body.
” According to our counting machine of those who entered the National Assembly for body viewing, a total 24,863 people got an opportunity of accessing the Parliament, together with other leaders, to mourn and pay their last respect to the late former president,” said Sialai.
The remarks came at a time when the remains of the Late President was being taken back to Lee Funeral Home where it will spend the night.
The late Moi’s body will be being taken back to Parliament building the following day where public viewing will resume.
Earlier on President Uhuru had addressed the nation over Moi’s death where he eulogised the Late Moi as a statesman.
“The question that we all should ask ourselves is: “How does one mourn an iconic leader?” A leader who spent almost his entire life in service to our Nation, whose story of heroism, sacrifice and service, began in the pre-independence era.
“How is a man who achieved so much more than is expected in a lifetime – be celebrated?
“What would be a befitting send-off or national honour for a man who built Kenya, in large part by the works of his hands?
“A man who, together with other iconic leaders, helped Shepherd our Country out of the shackles of Colonial Rule; and into the Freedom and Self Determination of our modern independent State,” eulogised Uhuru.
Three days have been set for the public viewing and it will end on Monday.
A state funeral service has been slated for Tuesday at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.
The Late Moi will be laid to rest at his Kabarak home on Wednesday beside his late wife, Lena Moi, who died in 2004.
The two divorced in 1974 but they had already sired 8 children including the Late Jonathan Moi, Gideon Moi, Philip Moi, Raymond Moi, John Mark Moi, Jennifer Jemutai Kositany, June Moi and Doris Moi.