, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 – The body of former First Lady Lucy Kibaki is expected to arrive in Nairobi from London at 5.30am on Sunday.
Government Spokesman Erick Kiraithe says upon arrival, three days of national mourning will be announced.
“Upon arrival of the body, government will announce three days of national mourning and flags throughout the country will fly at half mast,” he stated.
From Friday morning (April 29) condolence books will be opened at four centres in Nairobi; Holy Family Basilica, Consolata Shrine (Westlands), Parliament and at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
Mourners outside Nairobi will also access condolence books at the headquarters of all the 47 counties.
Lucy – Kenya’s third First Lady will be accorded a State burial.
The government has formed a national working committee made up former President Mwai Kibaki’s family and government officials.
The committee will make burial arrangements and keep members of the public updated on the progress of the plans.
The committee will also be “responsible for ensuring that the former First Lady is given a befitting send off.”
According to Kiraithe, the committee will announce the date and place of burial in the coming days.
Lucy Kibaki died on Tuesday morning at the Bupa Cromwell hospital where she had been flown earlier for specialised treatment.
Former President Kibaki and members of his family were at her bedside at the time of her demise.
She has been remembered as a staunch supporter of women and children.
She has also been eulogised as a woman of strength who stood up to fight and defend the family unit.
She has also been recognised for her persistence in advocating for women’s participation in democratic processes and government positions.