NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 27 – The government is working with the Kibaki family to fly home the body of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki who died in London.
Although there is no official communication from either side on the arrangements made so far, it is understood that a committee is being set up to plan how the body will be brought home and the subsequent burial.
“Things will begin to take shape from today, as at now it is the committee that is being put in place and this is the team that will be responsible on all the arrangements,” an official privy to the plans said, but was not willing to be named because he is not the official spokesperson.
He said the committee will comprise family members and officials from the government as according to protocol since Lucy Kibaki was Kenya’s First Lady between 2003 and 2013.
It will mainly have representatives from the Office of the President, the Interior Ministry, the National Police Service, Protocol Office as well as staff who work at the former president’s office who will help in logistical planning.
It is understood that former President Kibaki and his close family members are in London where they had taken Lucy for treatment last week before she succumbed on Tuesday morning. The cause of her death has not been made public.
The family has since clarified that the late Lucy was born in 1934 and not 1940 as widely reported in the media, which means she died aged 82.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who made the announcement said she died at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital.
Lucy has been in out of hospital for several months now, since going out of the public limelight before former President Kibaki got out of power in 2013 at the end of his second five year term.
She is survived by her husband Kibaki and four children Judy Wanjiku, Jimmy Kibaki, David Kagai, and Tony Githinji.
She will be remembered for her no-nonsense attitude, having been feared by both State House staff, ministers and politicians, when she was a tenant at the house on the hill.