President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday, November 9 said – on a lighter note – that he needs to learn Kamba language so that when “people are going to heaven, I am not left behind”.
The Head of State was speaking at the burial ceremony of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s father, Peter Mairu, in Tseikuru in Mwingi North Constituency, Kitui County.
Deputy President William Ruto, who spoke before President Kenyatta, said the bishop, who had presided over the funeral mass, Mathews Mwalwa, preached that “the only language that will be spoken in heaven is Kamba”.
“I think he [bishop] meant that Kamba, among other vernacular languages will be spoken in heaven,” said Mr Ruto.
And when Uhuru took the podium, he said: “Sikuskia mahubiri yenu leo, nilishikwa na kazi. Lakini mimi pia ninaamini ya kwamba Mungu anaskia lugha zote. Labda anapenda Kikamba… You know, my bishop here knows… Labda amepatiwa sauti pahali. Kwa hivyo, hata mimi wacha nijifundishe Kikamba kidogo just in case… niweze kupenyea hapo… Wakamba wakipita, nami nipitie hapo…,” said President Kenyatta, with attendees of the function bursting into laughter.
Kalonzo’s father died at the Nairobi Hospital on October 29 aged 94.