Ken Okoth’s mother to hold burial for cremated son as elders want wife inherited
The mother of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth arrived at her home in Ogenga village in Homa Bay County on Sunday after her son’s body was cremated in Nairobi on Saturday morning.
Angeline Ajwang, who was against the cremation of her son, is on Monday expected to lead a traditional ritual in which she will bury a banana stem to symbolise the burying of Okoth’s body.
The cremation of Okoth’s body divided the maternal family members as the mother and a section of the family members wanted his body buried in Homa Bay, but the late MP’s wife insisted that it was Okoth’s wish to be cremated.
At the same time, a section of Luo Council of Elders are insisting that the late MP’s wife Monica should also travel to Homa Bay for the mock burial and a cleansing ritual in which she will be inherited by one of Okoth’s brothers in line with community traditions.
According to the council’s Chairman Nyandiko Ogandi, if none of the brothers is interested in inheriting the wife, any relative of the MP can fulfil the cultural right.
Speaking to Citizen Digital at the Lee Funeral Home on Saturday morning, Evans Olouch who is the late Okoth’s nephew intimated that the Kibra MP’s mother and other relatives were left out in an alleged Friday night meeting that decided on the cremation.
“The family did not meet, if the family met, then Ken’s mum would have been there,” said a seemingly irate Oluoch.
“We only woke up to news that Ken has been cremated. Ken’s mum was fully opposed to his cremation and wanted the body to be buried next to her house,” he added.
Oluoch further denied claims that Ken had wished to be cremated saying that if it were so, the mother would have known.
Reports indicate that the body of Okoth left the Lee Funeral Home at about 1am for the crematorium at Kariokor.
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