The late Kibra MP Ken Okoth will be cremated in Nairobi in a private function according to his wish.
However, according to Luo elders from Ken Okoth’s family, the cremation is against the traditions of the Luo community.
Here are some of the Luo traditions which conflict with cremation:
Taking the spirit of the deceased to the former
Spirit removal: Luo community belive that the spirit of the dead has to be removed by performing the battle ground ritual. However, as stated the
Grave digging (Kunyo): The grave digging is a luo burial ritual, which is taken seriously and is supposed to be done at specific time range. The digging starts at 9 pm and is to be completed before 4 am. Since Ken Okoth will not be buried, the luo elders will miss out on the burial ritual. Only middle-aged men can do the digging and men with pregnant wives are not allowed to dig a grave.