Kenya has declared an unlimited period of national mourning, following the death of the country’s longest serving ruler, Daniel arap Moi.

His death was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday morning by President Uhuru Kenyatta in a Presidential proclamation.

According to the statement, the former President died at the Nairobi Hospital in the presence of his family. It added that the country will observe a period of national mourning from Tuesday until the day of his funeral, which has not been set.

It also said Moi will be accorded a State funeral, with all the appropriate civilian and full military honours being observed.

President Kenyatta also ordered that flags be flown at half-mast ‘as an expression of public sorrow’ from Tuesday until sunset on the day of Moi’s burial.