Thousands pack Nairobi stadium for funeral of former president
Thousands packed Nyayo Stadium for the interdenominational funeral service for former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi.
However, despite the huge attendance for his funeral on 11th February, Moi’s death on 4th February continued to draw mixed reactions, with admirers praising him as a statesman who kept Kenya peaceful and united, while critics described him as a dictator who presided over massive corruption while torturing his people.
“I think with Moi, there are still difficulties with how we view him. Many of us feel although he did some good things, a lot of other bad things happened,” Fr Joachim Omollo Ouko, an Apostle of Jesus priest in the Archdiocese of Kisumu, told Catholic News Service.
Moi, who ruled Kenya from 1978 to 2002, received a full state funeral with a 19-gun salute. From 8th to 10th February, his body lay in state in the parliament buildings; at least 200,000 people visited the grounds to see his remains. He was to be buried today, 12th February, at his home in Nakuru County, about 125 miles northwest of Nairobi.
Moi angered Catholic officials when his men targeted bishops and priests who challenged increasing human rights abuses, corruption and assassinations under his rule.
Picture: Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the coffin of former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi during his state funeral procession to the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi on 11th February 2020. Moi died on 4th February. (CNS photo/Njeri Mwangi, Reuters).