The Kenya Defence Forces fraternity, government officials, family and friends today witnessed the heroic send of the Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Ayub Guantai Matiiri at his rural home in Kithoka village, Meru County.
The Kenya Air Force helicopter Puma touched Kithoka Primary School grounds carrying the remains of the just ” faded away” Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Matiiri accompanied by family and top military Officials.
The procession thereafter proceeded to Kithoka Methodist Church for a short prayer then to his Thiiri Cultural Centre where he was eulogised as an outstanding national leader, gallant soldier and a pillar of society on various appointments and call of duty to serve Kenya.
While reading the Commander-in- Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, H .E Hon. William Ruto’s message of condolences to the family and friends, the Vice Chief of Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla pointed out that Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Ayub was a dedicated officer whose training locally and internationally made him to have the requisite knowledge and skills that saw him serve diligently in the military as well as an Ambassador to the Arab County of Egypt.
The VCDF acknowledged the role Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Matiiri played during the fight against Covid-19 that helped curb the spread and eventual management of the pandemic.
Furthermore, Lieutenant Gen Ogolla pointed out the outstanding leadership skills that made it possible for the General to be awarded eight medals of honour among them the Order of the Burning Spear and Uzalendo Awards.
Also sharing the message of hope and condolences on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces, Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Peter Njiru reiterated the great achievements Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Matiiri achieved while serving in the military as GOC EASTCOM and as Brigade Commander of Armoured Brigade among many other appointments where he excelled as he rose in ranks within the 42 years in service.
UK Representatives, Military,, Family members,those who worked with him in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of Njuri Ncheke, relatives and friends from all calibers of life paid their tributes praising him in one way or the other.
Amb. Maj Gen (Rtd) Matiiri was accorded a full military send off which culminated in a 21 gun salute accompanied with the last post, long revalle and other necessary military burial rites.
Amb Maj General(Rtd) Matiiri was laid to rest shortly after the 1530hrs. As the slogan says “Generals don’t die, they just fade away”, continue resting in peace Amb Maj Gen Matiiri.