, KANGEMA, Feb 28 – Environment Minister the late John Michuki was on Tuesday laid to rest at his Kangema farm in Muranga County in a solemn ceremony attended by the country’s leadership led by President Mwai Kibaki and thousands of mourners.
Addressing mourners during a funeral service at General Kago stadium in Kangema town, President Kibaki called on Kenyans to remain focused in their endeavours so as to make the country a better place for all Kenyans.
The President said the late Michuki has left behind a legacy of honesty and consistency in the management of public resources and implementation of projects which could be emulated by those left behind.
President Kibaki said it was due to the late Minister’s principled leadership that he succeeded in both the public service and private sector.
The Head of State acknowledged the support the late Michuki family members provided to him in the delivery of public service.
Prime Minister Raila Odinga, in his speech, said the Ministry of
Environment and Mineral Resources will provide 1 million tree seedlings to members of the public for planting in honour of the fallen minister.
The Prime Minister also appreciated the role the late Minister has played in the retention of the UNEP offices in Nairobi despite stiff competition by other countries.
On his part, retired President Daniel Moi urged Kenyans to turn to God whenever faced with challenges as real solace comes from the almighty.
Others who spoke during the occasion included the Vice-President Kalonzo
Musyoka, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Minister for Higher Education Science and Technology Prof. Margaret Kamar and National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende.
The President of Southern Sudan Salva Kirr sent his message of condolence through his Minister for Youth and Sports Cirino Hiteng Ofuho.
Among the mourners were several Cabinet Ministers, Assistant Ministers, over 50 Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, COTU Secretary Genera Francis Atwoli and thousands of wanaichi from across the country.
The funeral service was conducted by Bishop Peter Kairu who exhorted politicians to use the God given power to unite Kenyans.
Michuki, who was the MP for Kangema, is survived by window Josephine and six children.