All flags in the country will fly at half mast in honour of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
This is per as the directive issued through State house by President Kenyatta.
”As a mark of respect for this African hero and a friend of our country, by the authority vested in me as the president of the republic of Kenya, I hereby order and direct that the flag of the republic of Kenya shall run half mast at the State House and at all public buildings and grounds,” the statement read.
The move will be effective from Saturday, 7th of September at dawn until Monday, 9th of September at sunset.
The president earlier led the country in mourning Mugabe’s death.He conveyed his condolences to the Government and the People of Zimbabwe in a tweet.”On behalf of the Government and the People of Kenya and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Government and the People of Zimbabwe following the death of former President Robert Mugabe.”He said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the late Robert Mugabe[Photo, Courtesy]
Deputy President William Ruto mourned him by describing him as a Pan-Africanist, who championed the cause of the continent and advanced the ideals of self-determination, mutual respect, prosperity and peace.
Raila also passed his condolences to the people of Zimbabwe following Mugabe’s death.”We join the country in praying for peace and stability at this moment of national grief”. He acknowledged that just like other liberation leaders, Mugabe made mistakes,” he said through his social media accounts.
Among other leaders who grieved Mugabe are Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa ,South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa and Kalonzo Musyoka.
Robert Mugabe was Zimbabwe’s president from 1980 to 2017 when his 37 year old term was ended by an unexpected coup.
Mugabe had supposedly been taken ill for quite a period of time. He had been in and out of Zimbabwe a number of times. He passed away on Friday morning.