Kenyans queue to view the body of the late President Daniel Arap Moi. Free snacks will be provided at his burial

Some cool Ksh11.1 million shillings worth of public money will be used to provide free drinks and snacks for the first 30,000 mourners at the burial of the late retired President Daniel Arap Moi, the government has announced.

Speaking during a press briefing on Monday, Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya announced that each of the mourners will be treated to a soda, bread, water and a programme of the event at the venue of the burial.

If the soda costs Ksh70, bread Ksh30, water Ksh70 and programme Ksh200, the total amount spent would be Ksh11.1 million.

Natembeya said that a seat will be allocated to each of the 30,000 mourners adding that the state has hired a tent big enough to accommodate many other Kenyans besides the 30,000 mourners.

The government official further added that all government schools’ buses in Nakuru County will be used to ferry mourners from Nakuru Town to Kabarak. The Nakuru County Government will also provide more vehicles to cover any shortage that may arise.

The vehicles will pick Kenyans starting 4:30 am on Wednesday as Kenya prepares to send off the man who ruled Kenya for 24 years.

And as would be expected, the announcement generated all manner of online engagement with some lauding the move, others making milking the announcement of its comedy while others saying that Kenyans have been “shortchanged”.

The longest-serving president breathed his last on Tuesday last week after a hard-fought battle with illness.

Sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off the public viewing of the late president on Saturday at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi.

A memorial service in honour of the late President will be held on Tuesday at the Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi before he is buried on Wednesday.

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