Retired Archbishop Emeritus Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki was on Tuesday interred inside a crypt at the Holy Family Basilica.
President Uhuru Kenyatta did not attend the funeral service but was said to be following the events through live transmission at State House, Nairobi.
The President was later offered an opportunity to address the congregation via video link as per prior arrangements but the address failed to occur due to what was explained as a technical fault.
The retired archbishop was buried after a brief requiem mass led by John Cardinal Njue as the mourners observed the social distancing directive issued by the government to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Mourners sat at-least one-meter apart from each other. They also had their face masks on as they followed the proceedings.
The burial ceremony was attended by Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Philomena Mwilu, retired Presbyterian Church of East Africa bishop Timothy Njoya among several other clerics, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa.
President Kenyatta’s speech was, however, delivered by Kennedy Kihara, the PAS, Office of the President.
“His Excellency, the President wanted so much to be here with us this morning, however, we all appreciate the difficult circumstances we are in and therefore his excellency was not able to make it. Again, we had made arrangements for him to speak to us through video link and at the last minute technology failed us and that is when he asked me to convey his condolence message,” Kihara said