The late former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae will be buried today (February 15).
As expected of a state funeral, Government has beefed up security within and outside the Gusii Stadium, ahead of the funeral ceremony.
Mourners started trickling in at the Gusii Stadium as early as 5 am. President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and ODM Leader Raila Odinga are also expected to attend the funeral ceremony.
Uniformed and civilian police officers have already been deployed to Kisii and at Nyachae’s rural home in Nyosia.
The Standard reports that some youth who were regrouping to boo specific speakers during the ceremony have been arrested alongside Kisii Town Mayor Samuel Omwando.
Mourners are allowed into the stadium with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols notably social distancing, hand washing and wearing of face mask.
The late Nyachae’s body arrived in Kisii on Sunday, February 14 ahead of today’s state funeral.
A Kenya police chopper carrying the remains touched down at Kisii School grounds shortly before 11 am.
County government officials led by governor James Ongwae received the body before it was ferried to his rural home in Nyosia.
Kisii County Commissioner Allan Macharia says over 10,000 mourners are expected to attend today’s funeral service.
A statement from the family says friends and family in Nairobi will have the opportunity to attend a memorial church service on February 11.
A memorial church service was held on February 14 at Nairobi Central SDA Church- Maxwell.
Nyachae died on Monday, February 1 at Nairobi Hospital. He was 88.
The son of colonial chief Musa Nyandusi, Nyachae was a successful businessman, politician and civil servant.