Over 20,000 Kenyans viewed Moi’s body at Parliament on Day 1


Over 20,000 Kenyans viewed Moi's body at Parliament on Day 1
Kenyans line up to view former President Daniel arap Moi's body at Parliament Grounds. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

Over 20,000 Kenyans trooped into the Parliament buildings on Saturday to view the body of the late retired President Daniel Arap Moi.

National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai told Citizen TV that the 20,000 figure does not include the dignitaries and special guests who accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta..

Hundreds of other members of public were still on the queue waiting to view the body by 4.30 pm when the viewing time closed. They were turned away and asked to return on Sunday.

The National Assembly clerk advised parents to leave their children aged below 15 years at home as they would not be permitted into the parliament grounds to view the body.

He also noted that arrangements have been made to ensure the special sitting by both Houses set for Monday does not affect the public viewing which ends on the same day.

The public viewing of Moi’s body was kicked off officially by President Uhuru Kenyatta who went into the viewing parlor at 10.15am accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Deputy President William Ruto and a host of other dignitaries then went in before members of the public were allowed in.

Kenyans began queuing at the City Hall Walk from as early as 8am and waited patiently to view the body of the man who ruled Kenya for 24 years.

The exercise was closed at 4.30pm and will continue on Sunday and Monday at 8am and close at 5pm.

Moi who succumbed to a long illness at the Nairobi Hospital on Tuesday will be laid to rest at his Kabarak home on Wednesday, February 12.

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