President Kenyatta on Tuesday led Kenyans in mourning former president Daniel Arap Moi during a memorial service held at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi.
The 30,000 capacity arena filled to capacity hours before the ceremony kicked off at around 10 am. Moi’s body was first moved to State House from Lee Funeral Home, where visiting heads of state paid their last respects to the former president before it was taken to Nyayo Stadium.
Several African leaders and dignitaries attended the funeral service. The Interior Ministry had on Monday announced that at least 10 heads of states were expected to attend Moi’s burial, which is scheduled for Wednesday at his home in Kabarak, Nakuru County.
Among leaders who attended Moi’s memorial service at Nyayo Stadium include presidents Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Ismail Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), Salva Kiir (South Sudan) and Sahle-Work Zewde (Ethiopia).
Other leaders are Tanzania's former presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Jakaya Kikwete, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic's President Brahim Ghali.
Moi, who served as Kenya’s second president for 24 years between 1978 and 2002, died at the Nairobi Hospital last Tuesday aged 95.