Priest reads Moi’s favourite scriptures as funeral gets underway
Nyayo National Stadium, in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, are packed-full with people who are there to pay last respect to Kenya’s ex-President Daniel arap Moi.
Bishop Silas Yego said Mzee Moi cherished Christian values, being kind, loving and helping others. And his favourite verse was: Galatians 2:20.
The officiating Bishop read out the verse of the Scripture.
BBC reports that every seat taken at Kenya‘s National Stadium for the burial. “He remained a controversial figure, although that is not the tone of today’s even”
Some African Heads of state or their representatives pay their respects to Moi. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde were among the heads of state who were led to the platform where Moi’s casket was placed.
They stood at a distance and bowed one by one to the half-opened casket, then shook the hand of their host President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The heads of state also shook the hands of former President Moi’s family members.
When the casket carrying Moi’s body arrived at the venue of the state funeral in the capital, Nairobi, there was a procession, led by military officers, which arrived at the Nyayo National Stadium 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
Officers had started a slow march round the stadium as the band plays hymns including Abide With Me.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta had arrived at Nyayo National Stadium, in the capital, Nairobi, for former President Daniel arap Moi’s state funeral.
The president led the country in the service at 10:45 local time (07:45 GMT).
President Kenyatta’s convoy was driving along side the procession carrying the casket along the city’s Uhuru Highway.