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Nakuru, July 31, 2004

Former President, Daniel Arap Moi lays a wreath at the grave site of his late wife Mama Lena Moi during the deceased burial at Kabarak home, Nakuru.

President Kibaki attends Lena's burial

The second First Lady, the late Mama Lena Tungo Moi, was today laid to rest at the Moi family Kabarak farm in an emotional ceremony attended by thousands of mourners including President Mwai Kibaki and First Lady Lucy Kibaki.

The late Lena Moi, 74, wife to former President Daniel arap Moi passed away on 22nd July at the Mercy Hospital Eldama Ravine after an illness.

The funeral rites were conducted by Bishop Silas Yego of African Inland Church while the sermon was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Barjat Bartase.

Addressing the mourners, President Kibaki recalled that he knew Mama Lena since 1950’s as a humble, God fearing and resourceful person.

The President said the late Mama Lena was beacon of hope to her family, community and society at large, noting that her commitment to serve the people was outstanding.

“She lived a righteous and fruitful life and her passing on should be a cause for celebration not sorrow for she has gone to be with God,” he observed.

Noting that the Moi family had lost a dependable matriarch, President Kibaki encouraged them to be strong in the wake of the loss for though they loved their mother and wife dearly, God loved her most.

Former President Moi recalled the last moments with his wife, saying they had had a very good family conversation with Mama Lena and two of their daughters earlier on the fateful day before she passed away.

Noting that she had kept her Christian faith to the end, Mr. Moi expressed hope that her death will bring her family nearer to God.

The former President said his wife’s generosity knew no bound, noting that she was involved in various community services including paying school fees for children from poor families.

Said the former President: “My family will sustain these projects.”

He told his family to trust and have hope in God for life did not end with the grave.


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