Dramatic scenes were experienced in Gem during the burial ceremony of former MP Jakoyo Midiwo on Saturday, June 26.
Mourners who had flocked the grounds to view the legislature’s body were blocked for flouting Covid-19.
A police officer could be heard asking the mourners to keep their distance before he lobbed teargas to disperse the crowd.
The body of the former legislator was offloaded from an aircraft at around 10:30 AM. Residents in the area could be heard crying and mourning the deceased.
The casket was then sanitized before it was taken to the house of his first wife where only six individuals were allowed in.
It was later taken to the second wife’s house at around 11 AM for prayers before being moved to the school grounds where the ceremony will take place.
Midiwo died on Monday, June 14, at the Nairobi Hospital.
He had been taken ill to the hospital on Saturday, June 12. The doctors noted that his blood pressure was low and admitted him to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The deceased’s brother, George Midiwo, disclosed that the former legislature was well and could even speak on Sunday only to die the following day at around 4 pm.
Before his death, he warned ODM leader Raila Odinga of attending burials.
“We had lost a number of people in the family and Jakoyo urged me not to attend the burials because I would attract many people. He said that we would have a memorial service for all of them in due time,” Odinga stated during his memorial service on Thursday.