President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa this evening to attend former South African President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
The memorial service for the South African anti-apartheid icon will be held on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium, ahead of his final send-off at his rural home in Qunu, Eastern Cape on December 15.
Over 50 world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, will also attend the memorial service to pay their last respect to one of the world’s greatest –Nelson Mandela. Following the large number of high profile dignitaries expected at the service, security is at its peak in South Africa.
In his condolence message to President Jacob Zuma and the people of South Africa on Friday, President Kenyatta described the former South African President as an exceptionally transformational leader who was gifted with unique, admirable abilities and strong values.
“He believed in the noble principles of equity, justice, cohesiveness and inclusiveness in governance. He had faith and confidence in the ability of his people to realize the dream of a free, united and prosperous South Africa,” President Kenyatta said.
The President said Mandela lived and worked for a world in which people should live together in peace and tranquility regardless of colour, race or religion.
He said the African patriarch’s strong belief in Africa and its people epitomized the best of the Pan-Africanism spirit.
“His courage to confront apartheid transcended across the world and propelled the fight against colonialism and discrimination,” President Kenyatta said.
The plane carrying the Kenyan Head of State and his delegation touched down at Waterkloof Military Airbase in Pretoria shortly after 9.00 p.m. South African time.