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Moi’s body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday until Monday, before a memorial service on Tuesday in the Nyayo national stadium in the capital Nairobi, officials said.

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A person reads a newspaper article the death of former Kenya's president Daniel Arap Moi, in Nairobi on February 4, 2020. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi who died on Tuesday at 95 will be buried on February 12 and honoured with a state funeral, the government said Thursday.

Moi ruled the country with an iron fist between 1978 and 2002.

Moi’s body will lie in state for public viewing from Saturday until Monday, before a memorial service on Tuesday in the Nyayo national stadium in the capital Nairobi, officials said.

“The former president will be accorded a state funeral with full civilian and military ceremonial honours,” said Joseph Kinyua, Kenya’s Head of Public Service. Tuesday has been declared a national holiday.

“We encourage each and every Kenyan to plant a tree in his memory,” Kinyua said.

His body will be buried the next day in his home area of Kabarak, 220 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Nairobi.

Moi’s 24-year rule saw his country become a one-party state where critical voices were crushed, corruption became endemic and tribal divisions were stoked and turned bloody. 

Moi was however praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in east Africa.

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President Kiir, Machar agree to form South Sudan unity government on Saturday

“We had a meeting with the president on the outstanding issues. We have agreed to form the government on 22 Feb,” Machar, First Vice President-nominee said.

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President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar pledge to power-sharing deal
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar in a previous reconciliation meeting in Kampala, Uganda brokered by President Yoweri Museveni. /AFP

Former rebel and opposition leader, Riek Machar said he has agreed to form a unity government with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to meet Saturday’s deadline, following talks at state house on Thursday.

Before the announcement, it had been unclear if the Feb. 22 deadline would be met as key benchmarks of the 2018 peace agreement had not been fulfilled. The deadline had elapsed several times without an agreement between the two sides.

“We had a meeting with the president on the outstanding issues. We have agreed to form the government on 22 Feb,” Machar said.

Kiir confirmed the agreement, a Reuters report said.

“We have agreed to form the government,” he said after the meeting, adding that he will appoint Machar as first vice president on Friday.

“We are going to discuss the security arrangement for the protection of all opposition forces and members,” Kiir added.

All the members of the opposition will be given protection, he added. “And if there are things we have not agreed upon, we had agreed to resolve them. We shall finalise them incoming days,” Kiir said.

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US backs Abiy over reforms, promises financial assistance to Ethiopia

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, has long been an ally of the United States, which supplies about $1 billion in aid annually.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks (R) with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (L) at the Prime Ministers office after a meeting in Addis Ababa on February 18, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / POOL/AFP)

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo says the United States will provide financial assistance to Ethiopia as the East African country pursues political reforms.

“An agreement has been reached regarding the strengthening of the holistic and ongoing reform in Ethiopia to which the United States Government plans to provide substantial financial support,” a statement from the office of the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Tuesday during a visit by Pompeo.

Neither Pompeo nor Abiy provided further details, A reuters report said.

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation, has long been an ally of the United States, which supplies about $1 billion in aid annually.

Pompeo praised political reforms Abiy has spearheaded ahead of Ethiopia’s upcoming elections. Ethiopians are due vote on Aug. 29 in a balllot Abiy has promised will be free and fair in a bold break from decades of repression.

“A free and credible vote will show that there is no false choice between democracy and security and it will ensure that everyone has a choice,” Pompeo told reporters.

Abiy took power in 2018 following years of anti-government protests. He freed thousands of political prisoners, won the Nobel Peace Prize for ending a long-running conflict with neighbouring Eritrea, and put prominent dissidents and human rights activists in positions of power.

“These aren’t reforms imposed by somebody on the outside. These were reforms that came from Ethiopian people,” Pompeo said.

A senior U.S. State Department official told pool reporters said Abiy appeared committed to holding elections on time, although he said Ethiopian security agencies – long used to suppressing political opposition – might need some more training on respecting human rights.

Abiy’s reforms, while applauded abroad, have also unleashed simmering ethnic and political tensions at home as regional powerbrokers jockey for position. More than 2 million of Ethiopia’s 109 million citizens have been displaced, according to the United Nations.

“The most important challenge for us is security,” Ethiopia’s foreign minister Gedu Andargachew told reporters. “Most of our youth have no job… this situation is difficult to maintain peace and order.”

Abiy has also overseen economic reforms, promising to open its bureaucratic, state-run economy to foreign investment and liberalise the telecoms and banking sectors. Ethiopia struggles with foreign exchange shortages that inhibit investment.

Gedu also said there had been “progress” in a dispute that the U.S. Treasury has been trying to mediate between Ethiopia and Egypt over Ethiopia’s giant Blue Nile hydropower dam.

Pompeo is on a tour that has already taken him to Germany, Senegal and Angola. His visit comes as some African governments are questioning U.S. President Donald Trump’s commitment to their continent.

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Kenyans pay last respects to Moi at state funeral

Moi, who towered over Kenya between 1978 and 2002, had previously lay in state for three days in parliament, with tens of thousands of people filing past.

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Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta (L), stands next to the coffin of late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. - Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4, 2020, aged 95, prompting thousands of Kenyans to gather on February 11, 2020, to send off the country's longest serving leader. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Thousands of Kenyans on Tuesday gathered to mourn the country’s longest-serving leader, the hardline Daniel arap Moi, as a week of mourning climaxed with a state funeral.

Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4 aged 95.

Mourners began gathering at a national athletics stadium before dawn to pay their respects.

Moi, who towered over Kenya between 1978 and 2002, lay in state for three days in parliament, with tens of thousands of people filing past, an AFP report said.

The flag-draped casket bearing the body of Kenya’s former president, Daniel arap Moi, is seen in a hearse as it leaves the Lee Funeral Home for the State House on February 11, 2020, from where a military cortege would proceed to the Nyayo National Stadium for a funeral service and public viewing in Nairobi. – Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4, 2020, aged 95, prompting thousands of Kenyans to gather on February 11, 2020, to send off the country’s longest serving leader. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

On Tuesday morning, he was taken on a gun carriage draped in Kenya’s flag through the streets of Nairobi to the crowded Nyayo national stadium flanked by soldiers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who opened the memorial with the national anthem, called Moi “a champion of Pan-Africanism.”

– Forgiveness – 

The cortege entered the stadium flanked by long lines of red-coated soldiers and a brass band playing marching tunes and Christian hymns, their boots glinting in the bright sun.

“The Last Salute”, Citizen TV wrote. “Fare thee well, 1924-2020” national broadcaster KBC headlined.

Former opponent Raila Odinga, who was jailed for several years under Moi, called the late leader a “greater fighter” but who had eventually accepted multiparty politics.

Military officers carrying the coffin of the late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi on February 11, 2020. – Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4, 2020, aged 95, prompting thousands of Kenyans to gather on February 11, 2020, to send off the country’s longest serving leader. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

“I was one of the victims… but he was also forgiving, like I am also forgiving, and we made our peace, and we shook hands, and then worked together,” Odinga said. 

“We remember the good things that he did,” he added.

Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the coffin of late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. – Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4, 2020, aged 95, prompting thousands of Kenyans to gather on February 11, 2020, to send off the country’s longest serving leader. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Those targeted by his regime included human rights and environmental activists, including the writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the future Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.

Moi was however praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in East Africa which saw the genocide in Rwanda and civil wars in Burundi and Somalia.

His later return — under significant pressure — to multiparty elections in 1992, and peaceful handover of power to opposition leader Mwai Kibaki in 2002 also won him some praise.

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta (L), flanked by General Mwathethe, the Chief of Defence Forces, salutes as the coffin of late former Kenya President Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the national flag, during the state funeral service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. – Moi, whose 24-year rule saw Kenya become a one-party state where critical voices were ruthlessly crushed, died on February 4, 2020, aged 95, prompting thousands of Kenyans to gather on February 11, 2020, to send off the country’s longest serving leader. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

– Loved and feared –

Vice President William Ruto, who comes from the same Kalenjin people as Moi, mourned a “father of the nation.”

Several foreign leaders from regional nations attended the ceremony, including Djibouti’s Ismail Omar Guelleh, South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.

Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde and former Tanzanian presidents, Jakaya Kikwete and Benjamin Mkapa, spoke at the ceremony to offer their condolences to Kenya.

“One of the gallant leaders of this great country,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame said.

The body of the late president will be buried on Wednesday in his home area of Kabarak, 220 kilometres (135 miles) northwest of Nairobi.

The usually congested and noisy streets of Nairobi were quiet, with Tuesday declared a national holiday.

Military officers escort a gun carriage carrying the coffin of late former Kenya President, Daniel Arap Moi, draped in the Kenya national flag, during a state funeral service in Nairobi, on February 11, 2020. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

While those at the stadium had come to pay their respects to a ruler they revered, others in Kenya remembered a man that they had long feared.

Moi’s 24-year rule saw critical voices crushed, corruption become endemic and tribal divisions  stoked and turn bloody. 

Moi was however praised for keeping Kenya a relative haven of peace during a chaotic period in east Africa.

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