By Prosper Makene
Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan has declared two days of national mourning in honour of the Kenyan former President Mwai Kibaki, Zuhura Yunus, Director of Presidential Communications said in a statement.
The statement pointed out that national mourning will commence Friday April 29 to Saturday April 30 and during the two-day mourning the Tanzanian national flags will fly at half-mast across the territory of the country and at all diplomatic missions abroad.
However, Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki’s funeral service in Nairobi today will start with a series of events that will lead to the burial at his home Othaya on Saturday.
The six-hour send-off programme in Nairobi for Kenya’s third head of state will be a largely military affair.
The sendoff mass of Mwai Kibaki will be hosted by Catholic Archbishop Philip Anyolo assisted by Archbishop Martin Kivuva.
A number of African presidents have arrived in Kenya for the sendoff ceremony.
Mwai Kibaki was born to Kibaki Githinji and Teresia Wanjiku in Othaya on November 15, 1931 and he was the lastborn.