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Did DP Ruto 'skip' Gideon Moi's name among speakers at Nkaissery burial?

Cabinet Secretaries carry the flag-draped coffin of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery before his burial ceremony at his home in Bisil, Kajiado, July 15, 2017. /REUTERS
Cabinet Secretaries carry the flag-draped coffin of Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery before his burial ceremony at his home in Bisil, Kajiado, July 15, 2017. /REUTERS

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, who was to read his father's message at the burial of the late Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, was skipped in the program.

Senator Moi was included in the program on the list of prominent people expected to speak during the ceremony at Bisil, Kajiado on Saturday.

However, his name was mysterious skipped after and the slot given to National Assembly Speaker Justine Muturi.

Senator Moi's aide, Hamilton Parseina, claimed that the legislator was excluded 'against the wishes of the bereaved family'.

Parseina said it had been agreed that Moi was to deliver his father’s message further accusing DP William Ruto of intentionally leaving out the senator.

President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the funeral.

Read: Uhuru, Raila share podium at Nkaissery burial ceremony

But Saitoti Maika, the spokesman for family of the late CS, said most people who were slated to speak were left out since the programme was tight.

"We took the decision to skip some speakers since we were pressed for time. Some of the dignitaries had made such request."

Speaker Muturi also recognised all the Kajiado MPs present during the burial ceremony.

None of the key leaders recognised the presence of Governor David Nkedianye who was seated next to NASA leader Raila Odinga.

The two spent most of the time consulting each other.

Hellen Nkaissery, the CS's wife, had early last week cleared Nkedianye and Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi to be allowed to attend the burial.

The two were chased out of Nkaissery's compound by close relatives of the family on claims that they had frustrated the late CS's bid to unite Kajiado residents.

Nkaissery's wife held a family meeting two days to the burial where she directed that Memusi and Nkedianye were free to attend the funeral.

Raila was greeted by wild applause when he rose to pay his tribute to the former Kajiado Central ODM MP. The same was when Muturi mentioned Memusi's name.

The ceremony was without hitches until a man walked past presidential security detail and attempted to open Nkaissery's casket.

The man, who later explained he had not believed Nkaissery was dead and wanted to see his face, was whisked away fast.

Outside the main tent, a young man who lay in wait to present President Uhuru Kenyatta with his telephone number for a job was also arrested before he could do so.

Also read: Nkaissery burial: Stone throwing, insults won't add you votes - Uhuru


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