The death of a prominent person in any country is always followed by what we call a state burrial.
A state burrial is not just accorded to anyone and it is mostly given to presidents former President, military commanders or any other person as maybe agreed by the state.
After someone has been accorded a state burrial, the country goes in a state of mourning until the person is burried.
The national flag within the millutayr camps is also raised half-mast until burial. At the day of the burial the person is also given full military honours which include firing weapons. In Kenya, so far until now only 6 Kenyan have been accorded state burrial since independence. The following are the names;
The founding father of the nation was the first Kenyan to be given the honour after he died on August 22, 1978 when he was in Mombasa and was still in office. There was a mourning period Of around 30 days and all this time the flag flew half mast.
His casket was moved though the city of Nairobi from state house and his casket was covered with the Kenyan flag. He was burried at the parliament based Mausoleum a place that is always under tight military guard.
2. Kijana Wamalwa
The 8th vice president of Kenya died in the year 2003 on August 23 while receiving his treatment in the UK. He had just been elected the vice president alongside kibaki who had become the President.
The 8th vice president of the Republic of Kenya became the second person to be given the same honour. He became the second person to be given the honour. The government also offered a place for him to be burried alive uhuru park but was burried at his home in Kitale.
3. Wangari Maathai
She is remembered as the first African woman to win the Nobel peace prize. She was an environmentalist and also a political activist. She unfortunately died on 25th September 2011 at Nairobi hospital. Her remains were cremated as she had requested for that. She was the second Kenyans to be accorded a state burial.
4. Lucy Kibaki
She was the late wife of president Mwai Kibaki and she was among the Kenyans accorded state burial. She died on 26th April 2016 at Kensington in the UK while receiving her treatment. She was burried at her family home in Othaya Nyeri.
5. Daniel Moi
After the death of Kenyatta, Moi took over as the president and became the longest serving president for a period of 24 years.
He died on Tuesday 4th of February 2020. Shortly after his death was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the military tool over with the funeral arrangement at the Lee funeral home. Being the former President of the Republic of Kenya, he automatically had the honour of being given a state burial.
6. John Nyangarama
The late Governor for Nyamira became the last person to be accorded a state burial. Being a head of devolved government and should died in office, the President Accorded him a state burial.