Kenya remembers Kenyatta

August 22, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, August 22 – The 30th anniversary of former President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s death was marked on Friday, with a Catholic priest urging leaders to emulate the Founding Father of the nation.

President Kibaki joined Kenyatta’s family -led by the widow Mama Ngina Kenyatta and the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta – in laying a wreath at the mausoleum of the late President at Parliament buildings before attending a memorial service at the Holy Family Minor Basilica.

In his sermons, Bishop David Kamau said Mzee Kenyatta’s name stood for the ‘light of Kenya’ and was today being remembered for his vision for a united Kenya.

“Only a virtuous man can die and rest in respect, his actions talk a million words,” he said.

Bishop Kamau said leaders who incite Kenyans to violence were acting against a united Kenya that the founding father and other freedom fighters fought for and should be rejected.

Other dignitaries who laid wreaths were the Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianga and the Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende.

Kenyatta passed on at 3.00am on a Tuesday 30 years ago, plunging the country into mourning.

He was succeeded by retired President Daniel Moi.


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