NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Deputy President William Ruto, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and ex-VP Kalonzo Musyoka have asked Kenyans to stop speculating on what killed the late Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo.
The three made the plea on account of the numerous and differing theories that have been peddled in the press and social media.
“I want to urge all of us to be kind to the people of Makueni, to be kind even to ourselves; particularly the media,” Musyoka said.
He explained that no attempt would be made to hide the truth in honour of Kilonzo’s open nature. “Media will agree that Mutula was always forthcoming. He never hid… he had the ability to communicate even over very difficult issues even if some of them were not to be spoken about.”
During Kilonzo’s funeral service on Wednesday, Odinga asked the public to allow the pathologists and law enforcement officers to do their jobs. “I would really urge that we do not engage in endless speculations. Let us allow those who are charged with the responsibility of carrying out investigations get to the root cause of this death.”
Odinga also called for patience and assured Kenyans that the cause of death will be definitively arrived at in due time. “I know that there are very many stones that were left unturned in the past where we have lost many people. But we have said that this time we will leave no stone unturned until we get to know what killed Mutula Kilonzo.”
Ruto, who was present at the funeral service asked Kenyans to instead focus their energies in giving the late Senator a befitting send-off. “Everything will be done so that Mutula Kilonzo gets a befitting and a deserving send off devoid of any speculations.”
Following the autopsy carried out on Kilonzo a week ago in the presence of nine pathologists, including an independent pathologist from the United Kingdom, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama also asked Kenyans not to engage in speculation and to await a comprehensive report to be released in July.
Kilonzo was found dead at his Maanzoni ranch in Machakos county on April 27 and questions surround his demise given his family and friends testify that he was in good health.
“We all know Mutula has never been a person who has been heard complaining of health problems. Secondly, he drove himself to his farm and from the information that was given by his workers when he arrived there he was in good health. Those are the issues everybody would raise and ask,” Muthama said when announcing the involvement of an independent pathologist on April 29.