Hundreds of mourners, who had – on Wednesday midmorning – shown up for the burial of former Nakuru teachers’ union boss, Njau Kuria Njau, at his Njoro home, were left confused after they discovered he had already been laid to rest at 6am.
The burial of Njau, an ex-Executive Secretary of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Nakuru branch, was conducted in such a hush-hush manner by his family members that his neighbours were not aware of the exercise.
The neighbours claim that they woke up and found fresh flowers had been placed on Njau’s grave, signaling that the exercise had already ended.
Njau’s family allegedly decided to bury him early in the morning to avoid being served with court papers by a woman claiming to be his daughter.
The lady was sired out of wedlock, she claimed.
The middle-aged woman, however, did not show up for Njau’s burial, with quotas claiming she had gotten wind that he had been buried at dawn.
The woman had allegedly obtained a court order early Wednesday seeking to stop Njau’s committal.
Njau’s funeral plan showed that the coffin carrying him “will leave Umash Funeral Home on Wednesday, 25th July 2018 at 9.00am for burial at their home in Subuku, Njoro.”
The former Nakuru County KNUT chief died on July 17 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
His body had been preserved at the Nakuru Umash Funeral Home, with his family said to have transported it for burial Tuesday night.
Just like Njau’s neighbours, journalists who had received invitation to cover the former KNUT boss’ burial, were also shocked, when they arrived at his home at 10am, only to discover that he had been interred way earlier.
“Some mourners were having an early lunch when we arrived,” a section of the journalists said.
Njau’s family declined to give comment to journalists.
Nominated MP-cum-KNUT Secretary General, Wilson Sossion, relayed the union’s condolence message to Njau’s family.
Sossion eulogised Njau as “a courageous unionist, who went out of his way to use his personal resources to support the less fortunate members of the society, the church and also KNUT”.
Sossion further described Njau as a fearless man, who only acknowledged God and his wife.
Njau was also known for his good sense of humour and a spirited desire to fight for the rights of teachers in Nakuru.
He died aged 63. He is survived by a wife, Edith Kuria, and four children.