By Ndungu Gachane
Gaturi MCA Kiiru Mbembe’s burial ceremony has been conducted under Agikuyu traditions just outside Gaitheri ACK church.
There was heavy presence of police at the burial ceremony while others had mounted road blocks along Muranga Kiriaini road.
Although there was a handful of church leaders present, they stayed away from the podium leaving it for the Agikuyu traditionalists to carry on with the day’s program.
Most of the mourners wore similar traditional hats with some Agikuyu writings.
At the onset of the burial ceremony, a member of the family urged mourners not to panic saying although the deceased had been brought up in a Christian family, he chose to follow the Agikuyu traditions when he grew up.
“We are right outside the church but there is no church leaders conducting the ceremony but I urge mourners not to panic, he chose to follow and adhere to traditional culture and we respected his choice,” a member of the family told the mourners.
The deceased, 47 was elected as an independent candidate but succumbed to a lung disease on September 4 this year.
Interestingly, the MCA known for his firm stand and independence on various issues at the local Assembly, could not use Bible to take his oath of office in 2018.
A section of notable leaders who gave the burial ceremony a wide berth included Muranga Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, County Assembly Speaker Nduati Kariuki and Assembly Majority Leader Eric Kamande Kimani.
However, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi, Muranga Women Rep Sabina Chege, Senator Irungu Kangata joined Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro in giving their message of condolence to the people of Gaturi and the family of the hero.
However MCAs led by Kimorori’s Amos Murigi led the other members to console with the bereaved family where they took the opportunity to call on the National Assembly to pass the Equalisation Fund.
Notably Gaturi Ward hosts Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga the cradle for the Agikuyu and Mumbi.