President Kenyatta on Sunday morning made an impromptu visit to Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, where preparations for late president Daniel Arap Moi’s funeral are taking place.
Kenyatta drove himself to the stadium in a Mercedes Benz GWagon and inspected the ongoing preparations for the memorial service of Moi, according to media reports. He arrived only in two vehicles and a few bodyguards.
The memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11th, ahead of his state burial in Kabarak, Nakuru County the following day.
Moi, who served as Kenya’s second president for 24 years, passed away at the Nairobi Hospital last Tuesday after a long illness.
On Saturday, Kenyatta paid glowing tribute to Moi, describing him as a great son of Kenya, a cherished brother, a loving father, a mentor to many, a father of the nation and a champion of Pan-Africanism.
“The sun has set on a truly extraordinary man. A masterful yet thoughtful leader. A suave yet firm diplomat. One who served the nation with dignity and honor. One whose wisdom and diplomatic finesse kept Kenya, both relevant and neutral, even as the whole world was in the grips of the Cold War,” said Kenyatta.
“President Moi was a mentor to many, including myself.”