A requiem mass was held for Kenya’s former First Lady Lucy Kibaki, who died last week of an undisclosed illness in London.
At the mass, dozens of leaders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margret Kenyatta, as well as his deputy William Ruto, were present. Opposition leader Raila Odinga was also among those mourning with the family of former President Mwai Kibaki.
Prior to Mama Lucy Kibaki’s Requiem mass, Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho had earlier told people to dress in yellow ribbons in her honour until she is finally laid to rest on Saturday.
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Karanja said the dress code serves as a reminder that Mama Lucy loved bright colours, adding that Kibaki family identified the yellow ribbon as a symbol of the celebration of Mama Lucy. He welcomed the members of the public who on their own accord wish to stand by the roadside as the convoy pass through the road to pay their last respect.
As dignitaries gather in her honour, so did members of the public crowd in large numbers for the former First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s requiem mass. Many had to follow the mass via big screens set up outside the Consolata Shrine Catholic Church in the capital, Nairobi.
During the service, Mrs Kibaki was praised as a woman with high family values, a dedicated advocate of the rights of less privileged people and a candid defender of human dignity. A footage dedicated to her chronicles some of her big roles in the society.
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The president took to his Facebook to send in more condolence message.
“It is a sad day for all of us as we remember the life of the Late Mama Lucy Kibaki. Kenya has suffered a tremendous loss and more so her family, relatives and friends. Yet, even as we mourn, we celebrate her virtues of leadership and commitment to improving the well-being of the ordinary Kenyan. I know this is a challenging time for her family; however, I am confident that their faith in God will help them through these trying times. May her soul rest in everlasting peace.”
Lucy Kibaki died in Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London, after an undisclosed month-long illness. Her family said she had suffered from age-related complications. The body of the iron first lady, born in 1934, arrived Kenya on Sunday.
She will be laid to rest on Saturday in Othaya, in the central county of Nyeri.