Details of What Happened During First Vice President's Burial

RyanDeKing

The first Vice President of Kenya, Jaramogi Odinga's funeral seemed to be an unusual burial ceremony but more like a commemoration.

The day being February, 5, 1994 and though there had been no 21 gun salute, the Kenyan flag flew at half mast, clear indication that the country had lost a very eminent person.

The event took place at Kang'o Ka Jaramogi and united both friends and enemies, with almost a quarter of a million people gathering in order to accord him a befitting sent off.

However, in attendance were very powerful government and political personalities, with the likes of the then President Moi, retired president Mwai Kibaki and the current president Uhuru Kenyatta.

In addition, Jaramogi's casket had been imported from the United Kingdom had been allegedly made of a 145-year old tree. The body had been accompanied by a convoy of more than 300 vehicles.

The bereaved escorted the body for some kilometres from Awasi to Nyamira Kang'o, a ceremony that saw 100 bulls butchered. Speeches were delivered, poems were recited and songs were also sung. The political correspondents also applauded the fallen hero.

Lastly, he had been laid to rest some few metres from his own home at around 3:00pm.

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