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Mama Lucy Kibaki laid to rest at emotional ceremony at Othaya home

KENYA
By Winnie Were Wanzetse | May 7th 2016
Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki. She has been laid to rest at her Othaya Home in Nyeri County. (PHOTO: COURTESY)

Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki has been laid to rest at her Othaya Home in Nyeri County. Mama Lucy passed on on 26th April at the Bupa Hospital in London having been previously hospitalised at the Getrude's and Nairobi Hospitals. 

Mama Lucy was buried shortly after 4pm in a memorable ceremony which was preceded by a service in which her close family and friends eulogised her for being generous, warm-hearted and a firm believer in family values. Many fondly remembered her as being protective of her family and having a soft spot for underprivileged people as intoned by one Stella Wanjiku, an engineering student at the University of Nairobi, who Mrs Kibaki was sponsoring.

Presided over by Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairo, the ceremony was attended by over 1,000 leaders and dignitaries at Othaya Approved School grounds, 5 km from former President Mwai Kibaki's home. Among the dignitaries in attendance are President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret, along with Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete and Deputy President William Ruto. First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta also attended the ceremony amongst a hoard of other leaders.

Almost 20,000 mourners from yeri and all over the world attended the ceremony to condole with the family. Less than 300 of the guests then joined the family at the burial site at Mzee Kibaki's Kanyange residence where the coffin was lowered into the ground.

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