Why MZEE JOMO KENYATTA’s funeral plans started 10 years before his DEATH

When Mzee Jomo Kenyatta died in 1978, his body was immediately put in a locally made coffin packed with dry ice.

To minimise the risk of the dry ice touching his exposed skin, he was covered in a foil.


This was to buy time and preserve it as the Government awaited the arrival from London of a specially made casket and an embalmer who had been firmly instructed to take the first flight to Nairobi.

These funeral plans started way back in 1968 after Mzee suffered a heart attack.

Although he recovered and continued to discharge his duties as president, a close knit group of government officials comprised of...

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