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Little activity at Nakuru stadium on Moi service day

Tuesday February 11 2020

People seated at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru

People seated at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru where they followed proceedings of the Nairobi requiem mass of the retired President Daniel Moi on big screen on February 11, 2020. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

JOSEPH OPENDA
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Nakuru town was deserted on Tuesday morning as little activity was witnessed within the town's Central Business District.

Most shops along Kenyatta Avenue remained closed and few vehicles and motorbikes could be seen on the roads.

This followed an earlier government announcement that declared February 11 a national holiday to allow Kenyans to mourn retired President Daniel arap Moi, who died on February 4 in Nairobi.

Just like other public holidays, members of the public could be seen streaming into Afraha Stadium where proceedings of the requiem mass in Nairobi were to be projected on big screens provided by the government.

About 300 residents turned up at the stadium, with most choosing to follow the event from the comfort of their own homes.

Security was enhanced within the town as police officers patrolled the streets with others stationed at various strategic points in the town centre.

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At the stadium, two big screens had already been erected as the technical team tested sound while entertaining the public with music.

Mr John Ndung'u, who arrived at the stadium at 7am, before the gates were opened, said he wanted to follow the proceedings along with fellow Kenyans as they mourn together.

“I came early because I wanted to get the best position where I can watch the proceedings without distraction. This is a historical event and I want to be part of it,” he said.

Ms Jane Cherutich, on her part, thanked the government for giving residents of Nakuru town the opportunity to mourn Moi together.

“As residents and neighbours to the former president, we take it as a big favour from the government to provide us with a place where we can all assemble to mourn one of own,” she said.