Former president Moi was honored with a 19 gun salute leaving many questions why he was not accorded 21 gun salute. Gun salute honor is a ceremonial act performed at a military functions such as funerals and visitors such as high ranking government officials.
The number of gun salutes highly depends on the rank and position of an individual in the government. Sitting heads of state receives 21 gun salute in their honor while other government officials receives 19 gun salute. This is regardless of whether they are alive or dead.
Presidents who pass away while in office a 21 gun salute is accorded, while for those who are retired a 19 gun salute is accorded.Considering that the late president Moi was not a sitting head of state when he died he could not be honored with 21 gun salute. Instead, he was honored with a 19 gun salute.
According to Independent Tribune, the custom of a gun salute originates from the European Dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume. Gun salute is usually fired using artillery or cannons.
Moi was laid to rest at his Kabarak home on Wednesday 12 February 2020. Over 30,000 mourners were in attendance led by president Uhuru. The funeral service was presided over by the African Inland Church [AIC] and the military.