Three African presidents attended trhe state funeral service of the late Mwai Kibaki.
They among tens of high profile people who attended Kibaki’s service.
“As part of the elaborate reception, President Kenyatta led his visiting African counterparts Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), Salva Kiir (South Sudan) and Sahle Work-Zewde (Ethiopia) in paying their last respects to the departed former Head of State,” state house said.
Vice-Presidents Constantino Chiwenga (Zimbabwe), Philip Mpango (Tanzania) and Jessica Alupo (Uganda) as well as former President of Malawi Joyce Banda also paid their final respects to the late President Mwai Kibaki.
In his address, Uhuru eulogised the departed former Head of State as a hero of Kenya’s independence struggle saying President Kibaki was a modest person who excelled away from the glamor of publicity and public praise.
While retracing former President Kibaki’s 50-year public service journey, President Kenyatta outlined the former President’s public service exploits as a man, leader and visionary going into great detail to illustrate how he trailblazed in these areas.
Deputy President Dr William Ruto described former President Mwai Kibaki as a great scholar, Kenya’s finest economist, and distinguished public servant who helped lay a firm foundation for the progress the country achieved over the years.
On his part, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga mourned the fallen former Head of State as an intellectual and steadfast leader who hated and fought the vice of corruption wholeheartedly.
Mr Odinga gave a blow-by-blow account of how former President Mwai Kibaki transitioned from academia into politics, and his illustrious journey to the Presidency.
Mr Jimmy Kibaki, who spoke on behalf of the late former President’s family, eulogised his father as a loving parent, a patriot and an outstanding son of Kenya who served his country with utmost dedication.
Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa) and Sahle Work-Zewde (Ethiopia) also spoke at the solemn event saying the departed former President was a great statesman and pan-Africanist.
In a statement read on his behalf, President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, who was present, thanked former President Mwai Kibaki for midwifing the Sudan peace process that led to the birth of the Eastern Africa nation.
“The body of former President Emilio Mwai Kibaki is received at Nyayo National Stadium by President Uhuru Kenyatta in an elaborate military ceremony that included mounting of the Casket on the Catafalque,” state house said.