Preparations for the burial of Nginyo Kariuki (pictured), slated for next Tuesday, continue at his home in Limuru.
The set-up for the service has already been done, as friends and family continue to congregate to finalise the arrangements.
According to Nginyo’s son James Kariuki, the funeral service and burial will be held at the family’s residence in Tigoni.
Nginyo, remembered for his business acumen, influence in Kenyan politics and love for golf, died on Monday at the Aga Khan Hospital.
Family and friends have been meeting every afternoon for mass, ahead of the final mass that will be conducted on Sunday at the Tigoni monastery.
Several leaders are expected to attend the funeral given the key role Nginyo played in Kenyan politics, particularly as one of the founders of The National Alliance (TNA) party.
Already, some leaders have visited the home to condole with the family as others send condolences.
President Uhuru Kenyatta hailed Nginyo as an astute businessman who believed in the Kenyan economy and created thousands of jobs.
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strong and healthy
Yesterday, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and his wife Zahra visited to condole with Nginyo’s family. He recalled visiting a strong and healthy Nginyo two years ago, as well as visiting him in hospital last year as Nginyo’s health struggles took a toll on him.
James told The Standard earlier this week that his father’s health had been failing, noting: “My dad had been receiving treatment in the UK for two weeks. He was re-admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital where he underwent a successful surgery. But his health deteriorated and he was in the ICU until his passing on early Monday morning.”
“But we’re holding up well, we have accepted that these things happen,” he said of his father’s demise yesterday.
Gideon pledged his support to the Nginyo family, promising to stand with them until the end.
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Gideon, having lost his father, former president Daniel Moi recently, said the experience had been hard. Said he: “Losing a parent is not easy, but we must go on knowing that they are in a better place.”
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