The government spent Sh. 260 million on late former president Mwai Kibaki’s funeral. This is according to the National Treasury’s second supplementary budget estimate that was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday evening.
The budget estimate showed that the government released Sh. 260 million on April 25 to cater for the unforeseen expenditure around the death of the former president.
“Funds were granted to cater for the State burial of the third President of the Republic of Kenya,” National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani said. The money was released through the State Department for Interior and Citizen Services.
Kibaki died on April 22 at the age of 90 and was buried on April 30 at his home in Othaya. His funeral was a State funeral with full military honours.
However, despite revealing the amount of money that was released, the National Treasury did not provide a breakdown on how the funds were budgeted or what amounts went to what expenses.
Instead, CS Yatani asked parliament to approve the withdrawal of the emergency funds from the Consolidated Fund Servicecs.
In his final days, Kibaki had been in and out of Nairobi Hospital for various ailments. These included blood pressure.
The former president was still battling the consequences of the road accident he was involved in 2002 ahead of the 2002 General Elections.
Hours before he died, Kibaki’s private medical team had attended to him at his Muthaiga home on Thursday morning. After a series of examinations, it was determined that he required around-the-clock monitoring because his condition was getting worse.
He was taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Nairobi Hospital. He died less than 24 hours after getting admitted.
his son Jimmy Kibaki, who was in a meeting in town at the time, was informed that his father had passed away.
He quickly left without a word and headed to Nairobi Hospital. By this time, President Uhuru Kenyatta had already been informed that the former president had passed away.