• State funerals usually include pomp and ceremony as well as religious activities and elements of military tradition. The public is usually involved in state burials.
• Jomo Kenyatta was accorded the first state funeral on August 31, 1978. His body lay in state for 10 days with the national mourning period lasting 30 days.
Since the death of former president Daniel Moi on February 4, Kenyans and the world have witnessed a rare spectacle of all the fanfare marking the state funeral.
On the morning of February 4, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the death of Moi and declared a period of national mourning.
He also said Moi would receive a state funeral.
State funerals usually include pomp and ceremony as well as religious activities and elements of military tradition. The public is usually involved in state burials.
The country's founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was accorded the first state funeral on August 31, 1978.
His body lay in state for 10 days with the national mourning period lasting 30 days.
BREAKING THE NEWS
From the time he died, the military took over his body and his funeral arrangements. The family was only given a few minutes to address the media about his death.
"He passed away peacefully, I was by his side and as a family, we have accepted and mine is just to give my heartfelt gratitude to all Kenyans and non-Kenyans for the prayers and support they have given to Mzee and our family. Thank you all and God bless you all,” Gideon Moi said.
By 10:30 am: Moi’s family retreated to his home in Kabarnet Gardens in Nairobi as State announced it was handling the funeral arrangements.
Moi's former press secretary Lee Njiru told the media early Tuesday, that Moi was not 96 years as Kenyans thought but 103 years.
"Let me clarify that mzee Moi was ... about 102 or 103 years. He started walking using a walking stick. Then a wheelchair. I have seen a steady decline in his health since then," Njiru said.
"His decline was very worrying. He has been hospitalized since October 10th 2019 and has never left the hospital."
The 95-year-old was loved and loathed in equal measure; his supporters will mourn him as a patriot but others will choose to remember him as a brutal dictator.
LEE FUNERAL PARLOUR
When Moi's body arrived at Lee funeral home, there was heavy security as senior government officials thronged the Lee Funeral Home and took over operations.
Moi's body was received at the Lee Funeral Home some minutes after 8.00 am.
Among those who arrived first at the Lee Funeral Home included the Chief of General Mwathethe, Internal Security CS Fred Matiang'i, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai among others.
LIES IN STATE
On Saturday, Moi's body left the Lee Funeral Home for Parliament Buildings ahead of the public viewing.
The military truck carrying the body made its way from the Lee Funeral Home through Valley Road escorted in a military convoy.
The casket was draped with the Kenyan flag. Military officers also walked side by side as motorbikes were seen accompanying them including the family members.
KDF soldiers lined up along the entire route to Parliament Building as the casket was wheeled by a carriage as happened with founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta in 1978.
The casket, which was draped with the Kenyan flag left the parlour at 7:15 am for parliament buildings.
This practice is used by the military to affirm that the deceased is mourned by the nation and appreciated by the state.
The body was taken for public viewing but the deceased wore different suits from that of day one.
As Kenyans prepared to view his body for the first time in Parliament on Saturday, Moi wore a grey suit, brown shoes, white shirt and a colorful tie.
On the second day, Moi who was sleeping peacefully at Parliament buildings, wore new black suit, white shirt with red neck tie and black shoes.
Some Kenyans could not hold back tears and were overcome by grief and shock after viewing the body of former President Daniel Moi outside Parliament Buildings on the third day he lay in state.
Some wailed uncontrollably while others fainted after queuing to view Mzee Moi's body on the last day of public viewing.
It took the intervention of officials from St John Ambulance to help those who were engulfed in shock.
MARCHING TO NYAYO
Moi's casket was chauffeured on a hearse by army officers under escort of seven military police outriders through the main entry to the Nairobi State House compound.
On departure from State House, the casket was borne on a gun carriage flying both a miniature national flag and Moi’s presidential standard with military formations matching behind.
By 6am, Uhuru Highway was a sea of blue. Officers from the Kenya Police had lined up from the city centre to Nyayo National Stadium where the funeral service of Moi was to be conducted.
Police officers, National Youth Service personnel, private security guards, presidential security and soldiers were strategically placed in and outside the stadium to control the crowd that slowly streamed into the facility after mandatory security checks.
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at Nyayo Stadium at 10.15am donned in a fresh flower lapel on his suit, synonymous with Mzee Moi during his days in power.
Dignitaries thronged Kabarak for the final rites of Mzee Moi.
But Jubilee secretary general Raphael Tuju did not make it to the venue. He was involved in a road accident in Nakuru.
Tuju's vehicle hit a matatu at Magina area on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway and was admitted at Kijabe Hospital before being airlifted.
He complained of chest pains before being airlifted to Nairobi in a police helicopter.
Tuju was in the car with his driver and bodyguard.
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived on Wednesday at exactly 10.00 am at Kabarak University Grounds.
Kabarak University is packed with tens of thousands of other Kenyans who have come to pay their final respect to Mzee Moi.
ODM party leader Raila Odinga arrived minutes later.