Joseph Kibe, a close associate of the late Kenneth Matiba disclosed how 14 prominent leaders and former government officials frustrated Matiba's effort to have the Constitution changed.
Speaking at the requiem mass on Wednesday, Matiba's friend disclosed how the leaders ganged up to frustrate his efforts by introducing motions that sought to counter his efforts.
Notably, Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who was present at the event, was mentioned to have led the group of parliamentarians opposing Matiba.
According to Kibe, after the arrest and detention of Matiba, Kalonzo and other government-allied politicians had gone ahead to celebrate his detention and to disown him in two special motions introduced and moved by KANU MPs.
"The people who spoke for those two weeks highlighted what they thought was wrong with Matiba's proposal to change the constitution at once," Kibe stated.
The name of former President Mwai Kibaki, who was attending the mass at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi was also in the list.
Others include the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Chairperson Francis ole Kaparo, former Members of Parliament Dr. Bonaya Godana, David Mwenje, Joseph Kamotho, Philip Leakey, Nicholas Biwott, and George Saitoti.
"Those on the government side were so horrified that Matiba would change the leadership of this country irregularly. That is why he was detained," he noted.
Kibe, also named George Muhoho, Bob Francis Jalang’o, Joash Wamang'ori, John Keen and Zachary Onyoka as having been of the government's scheme to frustrate Matiba's effort to have constitutional changes.
His list attracted a laud of applause from the mourners and those mentioned appeared uneasy with Kibe ending his address by noting "Matiba lost the battle but won the war," to the mourners' applause.
Here is the video courtesy of Citizen TV: