Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Eschesa has faulted the government for allegedly trying to undermine the late Justus Murunga’s befitting send off.
Speaking during service after signing a condolence book at the MP’s rural home in Makunda village, Kholera Ward in Matungu Sub-County, the former ODM Youth Leader faulted the govt’s reported directive that the remains of the departed should be interred immediately after landing at the burial site on Saturday.
“Honourable Murunga was not only an elder but also an elected Member of Parliament who deserves a befitting send off in accordance with the Wanga traditions,” Echesa said while addressing a mourners in the MP’s home.
Echesa, who also hails from the locality, dismissed reports that the MP, who died a three weeks ago, succumbed to COVID-19 related symptoms.
“If they claim Mheshimiwa succumbed to Covid, how comes his wife, children and close friends including myself, have not been quarantined nor infected?”
Echesa, a close allie of the Deputy President Dr. William Ruto, read mischief in the burial directives given by the government on the number of people that should attend the funeral service.
“How comes when other people people die of COVID-19, such restrictions are not observed but they want to make Murunga’s burial so selective?” He asked.
According to the committee, the burial service will take place at Makunda Primary School where preparations have already been finalised.
Several leaders who attended today’s service also backed up the embattled CS’s sentiments, saying their colleague deserved more respectable fare well.
Other leaders present included the former Chief Whip and Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Wakhungu as well as the Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama.
Others leaders present were former Mumias Mayor Anzelimo Kongoti, Matungu Constituency Manager Ismael Mbundi, Matungu NG-CDF Chairman Athman Wangara, Mumias Central Ward legislative aspirant Musa Bilali and Athman Shikanda.
Mr. Bilali asked the government to allow residents to mourn their hero, saying he will provide 2,000 masks and hand washing equipment to the mourners so that all health precautions are strictly adhered to.
The late Murunga’s burial is set for tomorrow.
Thousands of supporters who have eulogised Murunga have described him as a hard working leader whose signature dream was to improve the education standards for the people of Matungu.