By KBC Reporters
Former First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki was Saturday laid to rest at her home in Othaya constituency in Nyeri County.
President Uhuru Kenyatta led over 3000 mourners who joined the family of retired President Mwai Kibaki at the state funeral.
The late Mama Lucy was eulogized as a courageous woman, protector of family and the society at large.
The late former First Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki’s final journey began Saturday morning when the cottage left Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi for her final resting place in Othaya, Nyeri County.
A requiem mass conducted by Nyeri Catholic Archbishop Peter Kairo was held at the Approved School Grounds in Nyeri County.
About 1000 dignitaries led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, his wife Racheal Ruto as well as immediate former Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete were in attendance.
All the speakers eulogized the late Mama Lucy as a loving mother, role model, strong, courageous person and a mentor to many.
In his eulogy President Kenyatta said Kenyans have a lot to learn and emulate from the former First Lady who was forthright in all she did who did what she believed in.
“At a time when things were very tough for me, I will never forget the role Mama Lucy played. If it was not for her things would have been very difficult for this nation. She encouraged me to stand firm,” said the president.
He said Kenya had lost a mother figure who cared for the welfare of the common mwanchi.
Former President of the Republic of Tanzania Jakaya Mrisho Kiwete described the late Mama Lucy as a person who was full of wisdom and who was on the front line in helping the former president accomplish his duties to the nation.