NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – All is set for the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo’s burial after the family managed to surpass its Sh10 million budget, following a fundraiser held on Monday evening.
Funeral committee chairman David Masika told Capital FM News the fundraising successfully came to a close in under an hour and will enable them meet all the funeral expenses. “We raised all the money we needed. It was a great success,” Masika said.
The fundraiser which was held at the All Saints Cathedral was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Charles Njonjo, Stanley Githunguri, Kitui Senator David Musila, and Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama among other well wishers.
“The total collection at the fundraiser was Sh2.9 million. The Senate contributed Sh1 million, the National Assembly Sh1 million which together with previous contributions from friends, colleagues in government and LSK (Law Society of Kenya) the anticipated total budget of Sh10 million was met and surpassed,” Kilonzo family spokesman Musyoki Kivindyo told Capital FM News.
It’s understood that the total cash raised for the funeral was Sh13.5 million.
Masika explained that the fundraising was necessitated by the huge turnout they expect at the burial.
“If the late Kilonzo was not a public figure, his family would have no challenge raising the money to put together a befitting send off. But his larger family in Makueni county also want to see him off and we did not think it fair to abandon the grieving family with the cost implications.”
Over 10,000 people from Makueni county alone are expected to attend the funeral service at Kikima Secondary School in Mbooni before Kilonzo’s burial at his Woyani home.
While the funeral service to be held at the school on Thursday at 11am will be open to the public, Masika was adamant that only the family and close friends will access the graveside at 2pm as Mutula is laid to rest.
“There are spatial constraints at the burial site and as much as we’d like to, it will be impossible to accommodate the numbers we expect,” Masika explained.
Government Spokesman Muthui Kariuki has confirmed President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend the late Kilonzo’s funeral in Mbooni after he returns from his trip to London on Wednesday.
Another requiem mass will take place on Wednesday morning at the Nairobi Baptist Church to allow those who will be unable to travel to Mbooni a chance to pay their final respects.
The convoy transporting the late Kilonzo’s body will leave the Lee Funeral Home on Thursday morning for Mbooni.