By Shadrack Nyakoe
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Monday led the country in viewing the body of former President Emilio Mwai Kibaki which is lying-in-State at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi.
Other state officials in attendance included Deputy President William Ruto, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Bundi Muturi,
Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka, former Kibaki’s Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, National Assembly Leader of Majority Amos Kimunya, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Cabinet Secretaries amongst many others.
The Judiciary was represented by Chief Justice Martha Koome and Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu amongst others.
Kibaki’s four children were also present to receive the President at the national assembly.
“Mzee Mwai Kibaki was a transformational leader and a true Pan-Africanist. While at the helm of Kenya’s leadership, he played a fundamental role in achieving socio-economic transformation and prosperity for the Kenyan people. He was active in deepening the roots of African unity and cooperation for peace, development, and security,” said Martha Koome at Parliament buildings.
Kibaki’s body will lie in state at the parliament for three days, before his state funeral on Friday, with full military honors and protocols.