BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,3RD JAN,2021-Renowned paleoanthropologist and former Head of Public Service Dr. Richard Leakey has been laid to rest.
In a statement issued on Monday, the family said Dr. Leakey was buried on Monday afternoon on a hill along the Rift Valley in line with his wishes.
“In keeping with Richard’s wishes, we, this afternoon, interred his body at a place of his choosing, on his favourite ridge overlooking the majestic Rift Valley that he so loved,” Samira Leakey said on behalf of the family.
The family further advised members of the public against condolence visits due to Leakey’s widow, Meave’s age, in line with the government’s COVID-19 containment protocols.
“As we struggle to come to terms with our loss, we are respectfully asking for a few moments of privacy so that we can mourn as a family before we celebrate his extraordinary life as a son of Kenya,” said the family.
Members of the public are further urged not to send the family flowers, but instead, share their condolence messages at the offices of the National Museum and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) where a condolence book will be provided.
“Tributes commemorating Richard can also be left online on the ForeverMissed memorial site,” the family added.
Dr. Leakey, a globally celebrated paleoanthropologist and conservationist passed away on Sunday. He was aged 77.
Over the years, Dr. Leakey served in several public service roles among them as Director of the National Museums of Kenya and Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service Board of Directors.