Concerns As Body Of Late Matungu MP Murunga Transferred To Nairobi From Mumias


A section of Kenyans has raised concerns over a move to transfer the body of the late Matungu Member of Parliament Justus Murunga from his rural Mumias home to Nairobi for preservation awaiting burial.

In a video seen by this writer, a hearse is seen leaving St. Mary’s Hospital mortuary in Kakamega for Nairobi as grieving locals mourn the MP said to have succumbed to Covid-19 complications on Saturday.

The driver of the hearse and people escorting the body donned Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Reports indicate that the body will be preserved at Lee Funeral Home — a morgue associated with the “high and mighty” — as burial arrangements kick-off.

The Ministry of Health protocols require that bodies of Covid-19 victims be buried within the shortest time possible. Kenyans who die of Covid-19 are often buried within a day or two at most with strict adherence to the ministry’s guidelines.

Concerned Kenyans took to social media to question the motive of transporting the body of a Covid-19 victim to Nairobi considering the risks and even the costs involved.

Read: Justus Murunga: The Matungu MP Who Allegedly Abandoned His Family

Some called out Kenyan leaders for failing to invest in their home counties hence the need to transport the body to a mortuary in Nairobi.

Here are some of the reactions:

The Amani National Congress (ANC) MP was a key ally of Deputy President William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga movement. He often helped to arrange political meetings in the region.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

Passionate digital Journalist with a bias for political and current affairs stories.

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