Former MP who Died Poor and Buried After 7 Months

  • On November 6, 2003, the country woke up to the news of the death of one of President Daniel Arap Moi's biggest critics from Kisii.

    Former Kitutu Masaba MP George Anyona had died in a car crash in the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

    Anyona bust into the limelight when President Daniel Moi threw him into detention for eight years costing him his parliamentary seat.

    After his death, the body of the late MP spent more than seven months in a mortuary as a standoff ensued over his burial.

    An undated photo of George Anyona.

    The body had been stored at a private hospital in Kisii as the family fought to have the former legislator laid to rest.

    There was so much confusion that had surrounded his imminent burial of the 58-year-old pioneer Kenyan socialist who endured political persecution, detention and torture under Moi and Jomo Kenyatta's administrations.

    On December 7, 2003, mourners thronged his rural home in Kisii most of them clothed in Kisii traditional regalia to offer their hero a send-off he deserved.

    Upon their arrival at his home, they learnt that the funeral had been postponed due to a court injunction that was to last a whopping seven months.

     Anyona was finally laid to rest seven months after his untimely death on June 13, 2004, after the injunction stopping his burial was lifted.

    Anyona died a poor man with his brother and wife stating that this was because he opted to share the little he had with the less fortunate in his area.

    He would reportedly give away more than 70% of his salary.

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