The Vice President of Uganda Jessica Alupo will tomorrow be in Nairobi Kenya to attend
the late President Mwai Kibaki’s State funeral which will be held at the Nyayo national stadium.

Alupo who will represent President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is among the heads of state and government who will grace the event that starts at 8am on Friday.

Kibaki died on April 22 at the age of 90 after suffering ill health for some time.

After receiving news of Kibaki’s death, President Museveni described Kibaki a transformational leader who loved his country Kenya and Africa and a true Pan-Africanist who played a fundamental role in achieving socio-economic transformation and prosperity for the Kenyan people.

“While at the helm of Kenya’s leadership, he played a fundamental role in achieving socio-economic transformation and prosperity for Kenyan people,” Museveni said.

“He was active in deepening the roots of African unity and cooperation for peace, development and security. As he rests from his earthly responsibilities, let the young generation study his exemplary deeds and emulate this Great Son of Africa,” he added.

Meanwhile, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir and Ethiopian head-of-state Sahle-Work-Zewde are among the 10 country heads expected in Kenya tomorrow.

Also, former Malawi President Joyce Banda and Rwanda Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente to attend the state interment.

Zimbabwe Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, his Tanzanian counterpart Philip Mpango and Uganda’s Jessica Alupo are also expected alongside Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Sri Lanka’s Special Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake.

South Africa’s International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor and South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mayiik Ayii Deng will also be in attendance.

Kibaki was elected President of Kenya in 2002 replacing Daniel Arap Moi who had ruled Kenya with an iron fist. With Kibaki’s death, Kenya doesn’t have any former president until later this year when Uhuru retires having served the mandatory two five-year term.

Currently the presidential hopefuls are crisscrossing the country appealing to Kenyans to choose one of them as the fifth President since independence. Stiff competition is between former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

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