On 22 December 1978, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died asleep while on a working holiday in Mombasa. Today marks his commemoration as it has been the tradition. President Uhuru Kenyatta and First lady Magret Kenyatta laid a wreath on Mzee Kenyatta mausoleum in parliament premise, before heading for a memorial service at Holy Family Basilica, Nairobi.
This being the 41st commemoration of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared that following a family decision the Thursday event is the very last ceremony of remembering their father publicly and as a family, they will find a way on how to mark the day.
“The family of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta has agreed that this is going to be the last celebration of Mzee in this manner. We shall each celebrate him as we remember him and the manner in which we will be doing our things going forward,” said President Kenyatta.
“From the bottom of my heart on behalf of the family of the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, we thank the second president of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi, who without fail for 21 years, observed this day as well as President Kibaki who dit if for ten years. As we leave today, let us leave with his (Mzee Kenyatta) spirits in our heart and let him guide us. Let him guide what we say, how we act and interact with one another,” said President Uhuru.
He also called on Kenyans to remember the founding fathers of the nation by taking actions in line with the dreams and aspirations of those leaders.