The government has, through the Interior ministry, declared Tuesday, 11th February, a public holiday, as the country mourns the death of retired President Daniel arap Moi.

The holiday is meant to enable Kenyans to participate in functions to celebrate the life of Moi, who ruled the country from 1978 to 2002.

The announcement was made on Thursday at noon by the head of the Public Service, Joseph Kinyua.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the nation in the public viewing of the body from Saturday, 8th February, at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, from 10am.

All State officials, whose attendance is required by tradition and State Protocol, have been notified. They are required to be in the precincts of Parliament by 9:45am on Saturday.

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Moi’s body shall lie in state at Parliament Buildings for three days from Saturday, 8th to Monday 10th February 2020.

This will allow the nation to reflect on President Moi’s role and achievements, and to accord all Kenyans an opportunity to participate in public viewing and the paying of last respects to the former Head of State.

On Tuesday, 11th February, the gun carriage and State Funeral Procession will make its way from Parliament Buildings to the Nyayo National Stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service.

The public viewing at Parliament Buildings will be done on Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 8am to 5pm.

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President  Moi will be buried on Wednesday, 12th February, at his home in Kabarak, Nakuru County.

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