President Uhuru Kenyatta has today declared three days of national mourning following the demise of Former Tanzania’s President Benjamin Mkapa. He further issued an order to fly both Kenyan flag and East African Community flag half-mast for at least a period of three days in honor of the late Mkapa.
The President stated that the three days of mourning will begin from Monday, 27th 2020, and ends on Wednesday, 29th 2020.
“In acknowledgment of this huge loss and tragedy, and as a show of our National respect for the fallen African Giant, I have on this Friday the 24th day of July, 2020 issued a Presidential Proclamation, announcing that the Republic of Kenya shall observe three days of national mourning throughout the entire territory of our country. This takes effect from sunrise on Monday the 27th of July, 2020 to sunset on Wednesday the 29th July, 2020. During this mourning period, the Kenyan flag and the East African Community flag shall fly at half-mast,” Uhuru said.
Uhuru further said that the late Benjamin Mkapa will be remembered for major roles he played in the mediation process in our country during 2007/2008 post-election violence and political crisis that claimed the lives of many Kenyans and loss of properties.
“The peace that we are enjoying in our country, reconciliation and greater unity that we now have can be directly associated with the efforts and wisdom of the late Former President Mkapa and his colleagues on the Panel of Eminent Persons,” President Uhuru said.
Mkapa will be remembered by many for his major contributions towards peace and unity among many nations.