What started as the final preparations to give a senior Kisumu County assembly staff a befitting send-off in Miwani, Muhoroni sub-County has ended tragically.
This is after a man was on Saturday afternoon, July 24 stabbed to death in the chaos that ensued at the burial ceremony.
It goes without saying that burial ceremonies in Kenya also double up as political events for politicians, especially when the 2022 General Election is beckoning. All hell broke loose when the leaders present differed on who was to be the master of ceremony, especially when it was the turn for politicians to speak.
Moreso, it appears that the leaders took the expression “he who laughs last, laughs best” literally. Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Elisha Oraro argued that since the deceased was an assembly staff, he was the one to speak last. Area MP Onyango Koyoo, on the other hand, insisted that he was supposed to be the one calling the shots since the burial was in his constituency.
Irked by the turn of events, the MP walked away. But the not-very-happy youths stormed the podium, with mourners forced to scamper for their safety. In the melee, a man was fatally stabbed.
Efforts to rush him to the hospital were futile as he bled profusely. He died along the way and his body now lied at the Ahero sub-County Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, his assailant who tried to flee after the incident was immobilised by police officers with shots on his legs. The murder weapon was also recovered.
As the ceremony ended prematurely, Lazarus Obera – a senior human resource manager at the assembly – was finally laid to rest by only church members and his family.
Among those in attendance were Kisumu Senator Fred Outa and former Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma.