In Summary
  • Mzee Moi’s final resting place looks just ordinary like any other graveside.
  • The grave, which is less than 100 meters from the diamond-shaped home, is the second one in the expansive land.
  • The burial site had been identified by the former Head of State during the burial of his wife Lena.

Slightly less than 100 meters from the palatial house, the State is working hard to make the final resting place of former President Daniel arap Moi the best it could be ahead of his burial on Wednesday. Mzee Moi’s final resting place looks like any ordinary grave.

SATELLITE DISH

Near the one storey house with lightning arresters at strategic points and a DSTV dish is one large satellite dish. 

The grave, which is less than 100 meters from the expansive diamond-shaped home, is the second one in the expansive land that is estimated to be in excess of 2,300 acres.

The burial site had been identified by the former Head of State during the burial of his wife Lena in line with Kalenjin traditions.

And, as those digging the grave shoved the black soil from the grave with brand new spades, a few meters away from the site, a committee organising the burial of Mzee Moi and top security officers were briefing Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on the progress.

NO RESTRICTION

For the first time since the funeral of Mzee Moi’s wife Lena, there was no restriction at the graveside.

Top security officers and some members of the steering committee were visiting Mzee Moi’s homestead for the first time. The visitors at the burial site included the family of Paulo Tuitoek arap Moi, the former president’s brother, who died on August 28, 1993 aged 104.

Former President Daniel Moi's house in Kabarak

Former President Daniel Moi's house in Kabarak. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The preparation of Mzee Moi's grave has taken less than three days.  

“We are working hard to beat the deadline tomorrow (Tuesday). We had to make sure that everything is in order as Mzee Moi was a larger-than-life personality and the world will be watching the funeral,” said a young man at the graveside on Sunday.

LOVED TREES

The digging of the grave is being done with due diligence.  

“We are very careful not to disturb the soil next to the grave of Mama Lena,” said another man.

Interestingly, Lena was buried in 2004 at a place where she had never visited. The compound is a testimony that Mzee Moi loved trees.

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