Kenya: President Kenyatta declares a period of national mourning until Kibaki’s state funeral

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered a period of national mourning following the death of former head of state Mwai Kibaki.

Addressing the nation, President Kenyatta said the mourning period will last until Kibaki is laid to rest.

“That in token of the highest esteem in which all Kenyans hold the person and memory of President Mwai Kibaki, the Nation will observe a period of national mourning from today until sunset on his burial period of mourning will remain standing,” President Kenyatta said.

He announced that Kenya’s third president will be granted a state funeral, with full military honours, all protocols rendered.

The Head of State said the flag of Kenya will also be flown at half-mast to mark mourning in all Kenyan state houses and diplomatic missions during the mourning period.

“That the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half mast at State House and in all Kenyan diplomatic missions, public buildings and public grounds, all military bases, posts and stations, on all vessels of the Republic Navy of Kenya, and elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from today until sunset on the day of his burial,” he said.

Additionally, all appointed state officers were permitted not to display the national flag in their motorcade until sunset on the day of his burial.

“That the President, Vice President, Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, Speaker of the National Assembly, Speaker of the Senate, Kenyan diplomats abroad and anyone else authorized to do so by law, must not display the national flag on their official procession from today until sunset on the day of his burial,” said the head of state.