Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi laid to rest

The funeral cortege as Kenyan military officer pallbearers carry the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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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.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the state funeral of Kenya’s former president Daniel arap Moi, at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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.

The funeral cortege escort the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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