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Mark Too burial to proceed as woman drops case

Mark Too who was popularly known as Bwana Dawa during the Moi regime will be buried at his Kapsaret home on Monday. Photo/JEREMIAH WAKAYA.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – The mother who had moved to court in an effort to ensure the son she claims was sired by the late politician Mark Too was involved in his burial proceedings, has withdrawn her suit.

The Too family lawyer Tom Ojienda told Capital FM News on Friday that she had in deed withdrawn the suit but declined to state why, only stating that it was, “pre-mature.”

The complainant Fatuma Ramadhan Hassan’s lawyer Danstan Omari however, told Capital FM News that they took the decision to withdraw the suit as the concerns they raised in their suit papers had been addressed.

“We moved to Court on two grounds, one, that the teenage boy be included in the burial rites and two, that his fees for the year be paid for given he’s a candidate. Both of which have been addressed. As we speak he is at AIC Milimani for the requiem mass.”

Omari also sought to clear up the misinformation that they had sought to stop the burial in order to obtain DNA samples.

He explained that the DNA test was ordered in 2012 when Hassan first sued Too for support. “The test was positive and that is why he had been paying the boy’s fees.”

Ojienda had on Thursday expressed confidence that the suit would not stand in the way of Too’s burial on Monday.

The family, on Thursday, also made public the results of a post-mortem carried out on Too that showed he died from heart-related complications and discounted claims that there was foul play involved.

The burial committee chairman Kiprop Chirchir told a media conference that: “We did a post-mortem earlier this week. Mark’s death was caused by a condition called aneurysm, which led to heart failure,” he said.

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Meanwhile, an itinerary released Thursday afternoon showed that a requiem mass for the late KANU stalwart would be held on Friday at the AIC Church in Milimani ahead of burial Monday in his Kapsaret home in the outskirts of Eldoret.

“The requiem mass will be held at the AIC Church from 10am,”said Chirchir. “On Sunday morning the body will be flown to Eldoret thereafter we shall have a convoy to the late Too’s Kapsaret farm where interdenominational prayers will be held.”

The late Too served as an Assistant Minister in President Daniel arap Moi’s regime.

He died on January 31, at the St. Lukes Hospital in Eldoret.

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