4 Kenyans who were given state funerals


Since the country gained independence in 1963, only four Kenyans have been granted state funerals, with the fifth set to be the second President of the republic Daniel arap Moi.

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta

Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenya went into history as the first Kenyan to be bestowed a state funeral since independence in 1963.

Kenyatta died on August 22, 1978, at Mombasa’s State House.

Kijana Wamalwa

Kijana Wamalwa, Kenya’s eighth vice president, passed on at the age of 59 on August 23, 2003, at the Royal Free Hospital in London from kidney failure.

Kenya's second president Kijana Wamalwa;s funeral in 2003.

Prof. Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai was  the third Kenyan and first woman to be accorded a state funeral since independence.

She succumbed to cancer on September 25, 2011, at the Nairobi Hospital.

Security officials prepare to receive Wangari Maathai's body on her burial date


Mama Lucy Kibaki

Mama Lucy Kibaki, wife to the former President Mwai Kibaki passed on on April 26, 2016, at the Bupa Cromwell Hospital in London.

Soldiers conducting rites next to Mama Lucy Kibaki's body during her funeral ceremony.