Rivalry between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto played out through their allies on Wednesday September 16, 2020 at a funeral in Murang’a where a family was mourning the death of their five members.
The family had just lost five members in a car crash on Sunday in Makueni county.
John Kamau lost his child, his sister, his brother, his brother’s wife and child in the crash.
President Uhuru Kenyatta donated Ksh1 million, with his Deputy giving out Sh300,000. The head of state’s contribution came through Kangema MP Muturi Kigano where’s DP Ruto’s contribution came in through Kandara MP Alice Wahome and Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro.
Kigano said the President had summoned him to State House in the morning and had committed to support the family’s burial preparations.
But when Wahome and Ndindi arrived at the home, Kigano said the President didn’t need help in financing the burial.
He said, however, no contributions would be rejected as the family needs as much help as possible.
In his speech, he asked leaders to shun politics, restrain themselves and confine their efforts to condoling with the family.
Kigano cited an incident in which Ndindi and a host of Kieleweke MPs led by Maina Kamanda clashed at Gitui Catholic church in Kiharu last year, resulting in Ndindi’s arrest.
Ndindi said, however, that the deaths of the five famiy members touched him personally and he had come to represent the Deputy President and convey his personal condolences.
The Kiharu legislator praised the President and other leaders for their support.
Wahome said she had reached out to Muturi’s staff and was informed he was in a meeting.
She had forwarded media reports to Ruto and he indicated he would support the family. He also asked to be informed if more help was needed for the burial that is yet to be scheduled.