Drama unfolded during the burial of Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko's father after he forcefully took away a microphone from an MP who had snubbed a governor.
According to a report by People Daily, Kajiado Central MP Memusi Kanchori, together with his Kajiado East counterpart Peris Tobiko had reportedly blocked area Governor Joseph Ole Lenku from addressing the mourners.
Memusi had asked Peris to be the master of ceremony and invited Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to read a message of condolence from President Uhuru Kenyatta thereby bypassing Lenku and others.
Immediately after Matiang'i finished speaking, Tobiko felt embarrassed since Lenku had contributed generously to the funeral and snatched the microphone from Memusi to allow him to address the congregation.
“Our governor led a high powered delegation to mourn with us last week. He contributed generously to the funeral arrangements. He must speak,” stated Tobiko.
The event was reportedly so controversial that immediately the governor started speaking, Peris, in the company of Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, left the event.
Before then, Peris, Tobiko's half-sister had reportedly given a vote of thanks on behalf of the family while the function was halfway.
Elders of the Maasai community condemned the MP accusing her of violating their traditions for the vote of thanks yet the deceased had sons and daughters.
Other leaders who were at the event but were denied a chance to speak include ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, his Wiper counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka and COTU boss Francis Atwoli.
The CS' father, Mzee Tobiko Ole Paloshe, passed away on May 15 at the age of 94 years.
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