The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir and his accompanying team has returned back to the country from Nairobi where he had gone to attend Mawai Kibaki’s State funeral in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
Kiir delegated his own cabinet minister to read his speech on his behalf during the function in Kenya despite having five vice Presidents in transitional Government of national unity.
Upon his return, the president was received by his first deputy Dr Riek Machar and his security advisor Tut Gatluak and other Government officials at the country’s only international airport in Juba.
Kiir also declared three days of national mourning and ordered the country’s National flag to fly at half mast as a sign of respect to the man who stood with his Nation during the CPA talks particularly knowns as comprehensive peace agreement which was singed between Southern rebels led by Dr John Garang and Sudan the then President Omar Al Bushier who ruled Sudan for 30 years till his recent ousting out from the country’s leadership in April 11 in Khartoum.
President Kiir in his speech read by his cabinet minister who was also among the President’s delegates present at the event while reading the president’s speech, said: South Sudan owes Mr Mawai a great statesman, who contributed a lot in Sudan’s peace talks which brought South Sudan the freedom we enjoy now and independence of South Sudan, said the Minister.
In the burial service the leaders spoke with a light hearted tone as they called Mr Mwai Kibaki a brilliant and good player in politics. President Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of the former President’s interment assured Mr Mwai’s family that he will continue supporting them while at all reputable jurisdictions.