Former opposition leader Kenneth Matiba to receive state burial
6 months ago, 16 Apr 17:53
- Matiba died on Sunday, April 15, at the Karen Hospital
- The veteran politician had been ailing for a while
- The government has announced a committee to manage his funeral arrangements
- The committee will be made up of members of Matiba's family and representatives from the state
The government has confirmed fallen veteran politician Kenneth Matiba will be given a state sendoff.
The former leader of opposition at the Karen Hospital after battling a stroke for years.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe announced a committee to manage the funeral plans had already been set aside.
"The government has since constituted a committee made up of the late Matiba's family and government officials to assist in preparations for the official funeral," the statement read.
The head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua was appointed as the liaison between the family and the state to help in managing the burial preparations.
Prior reports by TUKO.co.ke revealed the late politican's daughter Ivy, confirmed the news of Matiba's death.
Other reports indicate the second liberation icon had been ailing ever since early 1990s when he suffered a stroke while still in incaceration.
Matiba became a household name after running a tight race against retired president Daniel arap Moi in the presidential elections back in 1992.
His open criticism of single-party democracy saw him detained without trial in 1990.
It was during this particular detention that Matiba's health took a plunge after he reportedly declined to take any medication after suffering a stroke.
Several political leaders including
Raila stated his family had a close bond with the late liberation icon.
He stated their bond was sealed by a shared vision.
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