The military have moved in place to activate traditions of national mourning
The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), led by its chief, Gen Samson Mwathethe, has taken control of the Lee funeral Home Nairobi where the body of former President Daniel arap Moi is being preserved awaiting a postmortem and thereafter preparations for the state burial.
Retired President Moi died early Tuesday morning following complications from old age, he died at the age of 95. Upon his death, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a presidential proclamation.
The body arrived at the mortuary in a private ambulance at 8.25am from The Nairobi Hospital where the late Moi was undergoing treatment. Among the Government officials who were at the mortuary to receive the body were KDF Chief Gen Mwathethe, together with other military bosses from the Kenya Airforce and the Kenya Navy, and Police Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai. Others were Cabinet secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), Charles Keter (Energy), Amina Mohammed (Sports), Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Simon Chelugui (Water).
Security around the mortuary has been beefed up, with Agwings Kodhek Road being closed and only selected users are allowed to pass. Armed General Service Unit officers together military men could be seen in the vicinity with a battery of journalists, both local and international.
Political leaders across the Country are continuing to send their condolences to the family of retired President Daniel Moi.