The funeral of Matungu MP Justus Murunga was delayed for almost two hours after a small mishap that saw the chopper carrying his body lost his way before landing in a forest.
Lugari MP Ayub Savula made the revelation as he addressed mourners who were waiting for the body for the final rest ceremony on Saturday, December 5, 2020, in Makunda village, Kakamega County.
Savula stated that the problem started when the pilot of the chopper got the wrong coordinates and landed the plane in Lungari forest.
The MP added that the situation took two hours to resolve, and the pilot was given the right direction coordinates and eventually landed in the late legislator’s village.
A number of political leaders, including Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, were in attendance at the burial.
There were some political moments during the burial, with politicians taking to the podium.
Kakamega County Senator Cleophas Malala took issue after he was told not to introduce a governor to the podium in the event.
The event organizers said that protocol dictated that governors would only be introduced by their colleagues.
In another instance, Kakamega County Woman Representative Elsie Muhanda said that all the MPs had contributed Sh4 Million, which would be given to the deceased’s family after the funeral, which caused jeers from the mourning crowd.
Busia Senator Amos Wako used his chance to speak to call for unity among politicians and led the leaders present to hold hands in a show of unity, which ignited cheers and chuckles among the mourners.
Wako said he was in support of what all the political leaders in the event said, adding that he would also support the remarks that would be made by the Deputy President and the opposition leader as all he was for is peace and unity regardless of the different political ideologies among the leaders.