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Kenya to hold state funeral for ex-president

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Kenya will hold a state funeral next week for former president Mwai Kibaki, who led the East African nation for more than a decade, Interior Minister Fred Matiangi said. Kibaki, who died aged 90, served as the country's third president from December 2002 to April 2013, taking over from the authoritarian rule of Daniel arap Moi. "The former head of state will be given a state funeral with the highest honours because of the distinct service he rendered to our country," Matiangi said.


Kibaki, whose political career dated back to the birth of independent Kenya, will be buried next Saturday at his home in Othaya in the Nyeri highlands, he said. "The burial ceremony will be preceded by a funeral service on Friday at the Nyayo National Stadium" in Nairobi, and his body will lie in state at Kenya's parliament from Monday to Wednesday to allow citizens to pay their respects, the minister said. - AFP


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