Deputy President William Ruto is received by former First Lady Mama Ngina when he arrived at Parliament grounds for the 35th Anniversary of the death of Late President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Looking on is the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Julius Karangi.
Deputy President William Ruto led the country in observing the 35th Anniversary of the death of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
The Deputy President, the Kenyatta family, and high ranking officers from the Kenya Defence Forces laid wreaths at Mzee Kenyatta’s Mausoleum before proceeding to the Holy Family Minor Basilica for a memorial service.
Addressing the congregation, Mr. Ruto said Kenyans will forever be grateful and indebted to Mzee Kenyatta and other liberation heroes for the sacrifice, commitment and courage they displayed.
He said it was not a coincidence that Kenyans were observing the 35th Anniversary of Mzee Kenyatta’s death in the jubilee year which the Bible says is the year of liberation.
He said: "I would therefore like to ask leaders to make their contribution in fighting poverty, disease and ignorance."
Mr. Ruto said although President Uhuru Kenyatta would have liked to attend the service, he was out of the country pursuing the dreams of the liberation heroes. “Even his father would have excused him if he was around,” Mr. Ruto added amid applause.
The Deputy President conveyed Mr. Kenyatta's greetings to the congregation.
Mulinya/DPPs - August 22, 2013
Deputy President William Ruto with former First Lady Mama Ngina are ushered by the Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Julius Karangi when they arrived at Parliament grounds for the 35th Anniversary of the Late President Mzee Jomo Kenyata.
Deputy President William Ruto lays a wreath at the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's mausoleum