Politicians gagged in a Kericho funeral

Politicians who attended a funeral ceremony for the mother of the newly appointed principal secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs Betty Maina got a rude shock yesterday when the family barred them from engaging in politics.

The burial rites for the retired teacher Rose Maina, who passed on last week aged 80, went on without any politics as is always the norm wherever politicians converge.

The function was held at Chepkutung village in the outskirts of Kericho town.

Just before the funeral process started the master of ceremony at the function Reverend Jonathan Mutai announced that the late teacher’s family had requested that no political speeches should be made at the function.

Belgut MP Erick Keter and his Bureti counterpart Leonard Sang, Kericho County Women’s Representative Helen Chepkwony and the new Energy cabinet secretary Charles Keter were among the guests at the funeral ceremony that was attended by thousands of people.

There is a campaign mood currently in Kericho County as many aspirants are eying the vacant senatorial seat formerly held by Charles Keter who has since joined the cabinet.

The aspirants are known to seize funeral and other functions to campaign but yesterday they went back home without wooing their supporters, thanks to the stone-faced Reverend Mutai of the Africa Gospel Church.

The late Maina was also mother to the medical superintendent of Kapkatet sub county hospital Dr. Kenneth Sigilai.

By Moses Marta