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Uhuru announces period of national mourning after Moi's death

President also orders flags to be flown half-mast countrywide.

In Summary

• Uhuru said the period of national mourning will be observed from today until the day of Moi's funeral. 

• Moi died on Tuesday at the age of 95.

President Uhuru with the late former President Daniel Arap Moi at his Kabarnet Gardens residence in Nairobi.
President Uhuru with the late former President Daniel Arap Moi at his Kabarnet Gardens residence in Nairobi.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a period of national mourning on behalf of the passing of former president Daniel Arap Moi.

In a presidential proclamation issued on Tuesday, said the period of national mourning will be observed from today until the day of Moi's funeral. 

The Head of State has ordered the flag of Kenya to be flown half-mast as an expression of sorrow.

 
 
 
 

"All flags at the State House, State Lodges, all public buildings and public grounds, all military bases, posts and stations, on all Naval Vessels, schools shall have their flags halfway to show respect to the late state leader," Uhuru said.

Moi died on Tuesday at the age of 95.

His health situation has not been stable since he was rushed to Nairobi Hospital in October last year.

Uhuru remembers late Moi as one of Africa's greatest, a man who made Kenya and the continent immeasurably better.

Moi took over as president in 1978 after the sudden death of First president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.

He served as a teacher, a legislator, MP, Cabinet  Minister, Vice President, and finally president of Kenya.

Moi stepped down in 2002 after being constitutionally barred from running for a further term.

"The late mzee Moi's steady hand guided Kenya through the restoration of Multi-partyism and many other challenging periods," Uhuru said.

"He remained a deeply committed family man , a loving husband, father, grandfather and earnest friend to many. Above all else, he was a devoted christian, who championed the rights of all persons of all faiths," he added.

Uhuru has announced that Moi will be accorded a State Funeral, with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and observed.