The burial for the late Kenya Airways Captain Daudi Kimuyu Kibati who succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus is currently underway at his Kitui home.
Kibati died on April 1 at Nairobi Hospital while receiving treatment.
His death, among the three unfortunate COVID-19 demises reported in the last week, was announced by Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Thursday during his daily briefing updates on the country.
At the burial, his wife Jane Mwende Kibati read out a tear jerking love letter to her late husband; rekindling moments of their young love as well as celebrating him as a dedicated family man who did everything to ensure his kids were well provided for.
“I first met you, Major Kibati when you came to our home with your friends to look for me.
At first, I ignored you. You met my dad who told you that you could continue visiting as long as you would meet his expectations.
The rest is history as they say.
Major Kibati, you were so protective of your family and everyone around you.
You loved our kids so much and I shall continue emulating you and I shall not let you down through God’s grace and guidance.
May God grant me wisdom.
You told me that the world was mine to explore and I did not need to consult you.
You gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted as long as it met the minimum expectations.
We were great friends and I thank God for you. You used to call me,
“Inyaa kovuvuu, ula wi ndalani yakwa nuu?’ Then I could answer, ‘Ula Ungi nuu, ateoinye?’
I shall miss these moments dearly.
You gave us all the love and care we wanted. You would always pay holidays for us even when you were unavailable.
You sacrificed and spoiled us so much and we were always and shall forever be grateful. You always wanted the very best of me and our family….”
“You were very selfless such that if you were here today, and asked who should suffer this world wide beast COVID -19, you would say of course, “It’s me!”
We shall always cherish every moment we were with you because you were our father.
The 61-year-old retired Major of the Kenya Air Force was tasked to fly the last Dreamliner 787 from John F Kennedy Airport before New York City was put under lockdown on March 23rd due to Coronavirus.
Kenyans have hailed the Late Captain for his heroic efforts to evacuate Kenyans stranded in New York.
Upon touchdown from New York, Captain Kibati was placed under quarantine at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel together with his colleagues and passengers.
While in quarantine, he began to feel unwell which led him to be transferred to Nairobi Hospital on March 29th. He died four days later.
Following his death, the family requested privacy since he led a private life.