Kenyan flag to fly half-mast for 3 days - Uhuru declares

Uhuru's declaration today

Kenyan flag to fly half-mast for 3 days - Uhuru declares after former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's death

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared that Kenyan flags will fly at half-mast for three days in honour of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe who died on Friday.

In a brief to newsrooms, President Kenyatta eulogized the departed former President as a beacon of the struggle for liberation in Africa.

"As a mark of respect for the memory of this African hero and friend of our country, by the authority vested in me as President of the Republic of Kenya, I hereby order and direct:- 

"That the flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mask at the State House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Republic of Kenya and throughout the Republic of Kenya from dawn on Saturday the 7th September, 2019 until sunset, on Monday the 9th September, 2019," the brief read in part.

Mugabe was a Friend to Kenya

President Kenyatta remembered the deceased as a great friend of Kenya and conveyed his condolences to former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe and her children.

"I take this opportunity on my own behalf, that of my family and the people of the Republic of Kenya to offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to Mrs Grace Mugabe, the entire family and the people of the great Republic of Zimbabwe. 

"Kenya and Zimbabwe enjoy strong cordial relations founded on our shared struggle against colonialism and for self-determination. Throughout his tenure as President, H. E. Mugabe maintained close relationships with Kenya, visiting Kenya on several occasions, the last such occasion was during TICAD VI in 2016," the President eulogized.

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