NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – The late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo will be buried at his Mbooni home in Makueni County and not at his Maanzoni ranch in Machakos County as speculated.
Speaking to Capital FM News, the family spokesman Musyoki Kivindyo said the decision was taken in accordance with the late Senator’s wishes, “his mother and father are buried there and he will be laid to rest alongside them in Utangwa location of Mbooni.”
The decision was also taken to allow the late Kilonzo’s county residents a chance to see him laid to rest, “they voted him in because they loved him. They too were his family and it is only fair that they be given the chance to say goodbye,” Kivindyo explained.
Sources close to Kilonzo’s family have also indicated that it would have been too painful to hold the burial at the Maanzoni ranch where Kilonzo passed away even given the importance Kilonzo gave to the ranch.
Kivindyo attributed the delay in relaying the place of Kilonzo’s burial to, “logistical considerations.”
On Thursday funeral committee chairman David Masika said the burial details could not have been confirmed before consultations were held with the Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who are expected to attend the burial.
The late Senator’s wife, Nduku Kilonzo, confirmed that the burial will take place on Thursday May 9 following a funeral service at the graveside. Those unable to travel to Mbooni will have the opportunity to pay their respects at a funeral service to be held at the Nairobi Baptist Church from 11am on Wednesday May 8.
Kilonzo’s family and friends will in the meantime hold meetings every evening starting this Friday at the All Saints Cathedral as they work towards finalising the burial arrangements.
Even as Kilonzo is laid to rest on Thursday, the questions surrounding his unexpected death will not be laid to rest until July as tests are carried out on samples taken during his autopsy.
“The tests will be carried out in Kenya because we have competent people but if our independent pathologist Dr Ian Calder feels he needs to come back to the country to check on the progress he is free to do so,” Nduku explained.