KENYANS queued to pay last respects to their former president Daniel arap Moi as his body lay in state following his death on Tuesday.
Moi’s coffin was transported through the streets to the Parliament Buildings in the capital Nairobi before the public was allowed in to view it.
The 95-year-old, who ruled the country between 1978 and 2002, will be honoured with a state funeral on February 11.
Badges and T-shirts depicting Moi were on sale in the streets today, showing that the former school teacher was popular among many ordinary Kenyans.
Moi’s body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday until Monday, before a memorial service on Tuesday in the Nyayo national stadium in the capital Nairobi, officials said.
‘The former president will be accorded a state funeral with full civilian and military ceremonial honours,’ said Joseph Kinyua, Kenya’s Head of Public Service. Tuesday has been declared a national holiday.
‘We encourage each and every Kenyan to plant a tree in his memory,’ Kinyua said.