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Uhuru at JKIA as Lucy Kibaki’s body arrives in Nairobi

Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki’s body has arrived in Nairobi.

Mrs Kibaki’s body was on a Kenya Airways flight from London which arrived at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at about 5 am.

Also on the flight were retired President Kibaki and other family and friends who had accompanied Mrs Kibaki to London, where she died last Tuesday.

The casket bearing Mrs Kibaki’s body was lowered from the Dreamliner at about 6.10am and taken by a team of pallbearers selected from the army, navy and air force.

It was draped in the Kenyan flag.

The State House choir coloured the sombre proceedings with a selection of songs, striking up the dirge ‘It is well with my soul‘ as the team of men and women from the military marched on the red carpet and placed the casket under a gazebo.

At hand to receive the delegation from London were President Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretaries as well as current and former MPs.

Prayers were said by Fr Dominic Wamugunda. He read from the book of Wisdom.

The body will be kept at Lee Funeral Home as preparations for the funeral continue.