Details have emerged of how deputy president William Ruto was blocked by mortuary attendant of viewing the body of late president at Lee Funeral home on February 4.
Daily Nation newspaperon Thursday, February 6,reported that the DP arrived at Lee funeral accompanied by Oscar Sudi and Kipchumba Morkomen but they couldn’t be allowed to view.
It’s reported that Oscar Sudi asked the administration to allow the DP to view the body, a request which the attendant refused to heed to.
While on NTV’s Sidebar, hosted by Ken Mijungu, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and former Westlands MP Fred Gumo also asserted that it was a normal thing for one to be denied the opportunity to view a body, especially if it was being embalmed.
“You are pushing this argument to an unknown illogical position. I also saw the late president Moi himself being informed that he could not view a body and he would agree and state that he would visit later. Even when he (Moi) was alive and we wanted to seek an appointment with him at Kabarak, his son Gideon informed us that it was not prudent and we had to postpone. I never made a big deal out of it,” Mudavadi stated.
“At Lee Funeral, you view a body by appointment. When they tell you viewing is at a certain time, they prepare the body and it is viewed, after that if anyone comes later, they would not be granted the honour,” Gumo added.
After the incident,furious DP Ruto then left for Kakamega County, where he condoled the victims of the Kakamega Primary School tragedy.
Political analysts and Ruto’s close associate have accused the state of frustrating the DP noting that he has been alienated in the preparations of the funeral program.
The DP and Baringo senator Gideon Moi haven’t been seeing eye to eye due to their political differences.