Prof Maathai's Last Farewell

Written By Michael Maunda on Saturday, October 8, 2011 | 3:13 AM

Starting at 9.30am, the bamboo-framed casket made out of water hyacinth and papyrus reeds and draped in the Kenyan flag will be wheeled out of Lee Funeral Home and into a hearse to take Prof Maathai on her final journey.

The coffin, specially made by three artisans from the Kisumu Innovation Centre Kenya, is in fulfilment of Prof Maathai’s final wish not to be buried in a wooden coffin.

A programme released by the Greenbelt Movement on Friday said the procession would start at the Lee Funeral Home before proceeding to Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park, for the State funeral expected to be attended by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. 

The procession will then proceed to the Kariokor Crematorium for a private ceremony attended only by family members. 

Source: Nation Media