UPDATED 5:50 PM PT — Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Kenyan leaders pledged to unite the country after its longest ruling president was laid to rest on Wednesday. Daniel Arap Moi’s coffin was flown to an estate northwest of Nairobi before being transferred to a tent for services.
The 95-year-old died last week after leading the country for 24 years. He was plagued by a legacy of corruption and poverty.
He initially came to power after serving as vice president to the nation’s first leader, who died in 1978.
The nation’s current president paid his respects at the service.
“I can truly say that am here to say ‘kwaheri’ (goodbye) to a man I considered my father, my mentor, my teacher and to say that truly we shall miss him,” stated President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Kenyan Navy fired a 19-gun salute in tribute and lowered his body into a grave next to his wife.