Amani National Congress (ANC) Party leader Musalia Mudavadi on Saturday lectured politicians against engaging in politics at funerals.
Speaking at the funeral mass of Jonathan Toroitich at Kabarak University in Nakuru County, Mr Mudavadi said politicians are notorious for shoving aside mourning, and, instead, activate “politics mode” even at funerals where they “do not know who the deceased is”.
“I would like to urge my fellow politicians against politicking at funerals. You would find a politician doesn’t know who the deceased is; his or her gender, their name… but leads the pack in politicking when he or she is handed the microphone to speak. Some politicians mumble words when a preacher asks them to reveal how they know the deceased. And, even when they are accorded the opportunity to speak [at funerals], they say ‘sorry’ to the grieving family for just one minute, and use the remainder of their time to insult other politicians. It is not right, and as politicians, we should refrain from such inappropriate habits,” said Mr Mudavadi.
Jonathan Toroitich, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday, April 19, will be laid to rest later Saturday at his Kabimoi home in Baringo County.