Thousands turned up Saturday for Mama Lucy Kibaki’s final send-off in Othaya, Nyeri.
Over 1,000 leaders and dignitaries are attending the mass at Othaya Approved School. The mass will be conducted by Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairo.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret are also attending the burial ceremony. Former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete and Deputy President William Ruto are also present.
The body arrived at the Othaya Approved School at 10.43am from Lee Funeral Home.
Mr Kibaki and his family arrived shortly after.
Cabinet Secretaries present at the ceremony include Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Raychelle Omamo (Defence) and Dan Kazungu (Mining).
Also present is Speaker of National Assembly Justin Muturi, governors Waithaka Mwangi (Nyandarua ), Joshua Irungu( Laikipia), Wycliffe Oparanya ( Kakamega), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Nyeri Deputy Governor Samuel Wamathai.
Othaya MP Mary Wambui is also present.
Former first Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta arrived at the Othaya Boys ground some minutes to 10 am accompanied by Kiambu Women Representative Ann Nyokabi
Politician Peter Kenneth and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Dr Mukhisa Kituyi were also among dignitaries who are attending the ceremony.
After the mass, the body will be taken to former President Mwai Kibaki’s Othaya home. Less than 300 guests will then join the family at the burial site.
During Mama Lucy’s send-off, her first son Mr Jimmy Kibaki eulogised her as a good mother who went to great length to defend her family and instil discipline in her children.
Ms Judy Kibaki eulogised her mother as an extraordinary woman with strong conviction and substance in equal measure.
“She was urbane and well exposed, (and) still owed her outlook to a traceable local habitation and name,” said Ms Kibaki.
Ms Stella Wanjiku, the University of Nairobi engineering student who was sponsored by Mama Lucy, eulogised the former First Lady as a generous person whose legacy is “carved in hearts and not stones.”
Ms Wanjiku said Mama Lucy’s generosity would forever be etched in her heart.
The late First Lady sponsored her education after Nation highlighted her plight.
Ms Wanjiku’s disabled mother was unable to pay her school fees after she completed primary school but Mama Lucy promised to pay for her education.