, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – From the onset, it appeared as if it was a normal burial as hundreds of mourners gathered to bid a final farewell to Paul Magu’s family at their Thika home, in Kiambu County.
The five members of the family – Magu, his wife and three children – were buried in one grave in an emotional send off, where religious leaders and various speakers urged Kenyans not to judge Magu, but leave it to God.
The children Ryan Ndau, 9, Allen Muhiu, 8, and Tiffany, 5 had been missing for a week until their mutilated bodies were discovered in the expansive Tatu City farm in Ruiru.
Magu, the 35-year-old lawyer-turned-preacher died when he stepped onto the path of an oncoming bus on the Thika-Garissa Road, a day after the body of his wife Lydia Wangui, 34, was found on Kiambu Road.
The deaths are subject of a police investigation as the bodies of the wife and the children were mutilated.
And at the burial on Tuesday, family and friends were not allowed to the customary viewing of the bodies.
“There was actually nothing to view…there was nothing,” Andrew Kamau, Magu’s brother said.
Investigations are currently ongoing with Ann Wanyoro, a pastor linked to the family, being held by the police. It is believed that she could have information that could unravel the mysterious deaths.
During the burial, people were only seen speaking in low tones wondering how the events turned out, and what led to the killings.
“The best thing about this issue is to forget it…the more you think about it, the more confused you become,” Mary Njeri an area resident told Capital FM News.
Another said, “people need to be careful; on the kind of religions they join. These are the end times.”
Magu, according to a section of mourners who knew him when he was young described him as calm and friendly.
“It is hard to believe he was on his right mind when he committed the evil acts,” Peter Mwangi pointed out.
According to his brother Kamau, “his family was excellent; it was all what we wished to have.”