98 years old, mama Sarah Nanyama who was the first wife of the late Dini ya Msambwa founder Elijah Masinde Wanameme was laid to rest at Maeni village of Kimilili Sub County Saturday.
The funeral mass was one of a kind, conducted by Dini ya Musambwa which had unique stints such as women had to address the mourners while kneeling as a sign of respect as it is needed by the religion.
The late was also not buried in a casket but put in papyrus reeds and wrapped in a white sheet and was buried on one of her sons land since she could not be buried next to her husband’s grave as he was an influential man through his dini ya Msambwa.
Former Bungoma County Culture chief officer Consolata Wakwabubi called upon the County government to preserve such rich cultures among the bukusu community saying they may be a source of tourist attraction in the county.
Wetangula says Raila has to support him for presidency
Speaking during the burial ceremony Wetangula dropped a bombshell saying he is the best suited to be the torch bearer of the Cord coalition and asked ODM party leader Raila Odinga to declare his support to him.
He said the Luhya community supported Raila’s father in 1992, then supported Raila himself in 2007 and 2013 saying it is now the turn for Raila to support a Luhyia candidate.
Senator Wetangula said they will still push for the resignation of IEBC commissioners saying they want to go in the next general election with officers who are independent and transparent saying to have a fair election with the results that will be accepted by players from across the divide.
He reiterated his commitment to vie for the top seat in the country saying he is bagging on the population of the Luhyia nation to be his ultimate support.
The Bungoma senator lashed at the Jubilee government for its style of leadership saying it has not been all inclusive in job allocation and has also failed to fight corruption which had been a disservice to the taxpayers.
Elija Masinde praised
Wetangula praised the late Elijah Masinde Wanameme as one of the freedom fighters in the country saying he will work with the lawyers who pushed for compensation from the British government to the Maumau veterans to also compensate the family of the late Elijah for having participated in the war.
He further requested the leaders of the Dini ya Msambwa religion to visit him at his home so as to bless him in his quest to be the fifth president of the republic of Kenya saying he has to traverse the whole country to solicit support from all the tribes.
3 M set aside to complete mausoleum at Elijah Masinde’s grave
Bungoma governor Ken Lusaka said the County government has set aside three million shillings to finish the building of a mausoleum at Elijah Masinde’s grave saying the project had previously been started by the national government and has since been taken up by the County government.
He added that the County government highly regards preservation of culture saying it has finished building another one at the late Sudi Namachanja and will also be building another one at the late Tendet’s residence in Mt. Elgon.
Lusaka however took the opportunity to call upon leaders to focus on delivering on developmental issues to the electorates rather than engaging in divisive politics which he said will not add any meaningful achievement to the society.
Nominated Mp Patrick Wangamati said he had presented a compensation bill in parliament and received a unanimous backing from all members of the house saying they are waiting for it to be signed in to law very soon saying family such as that of Elijah Masinde will receive compensation.
Kiminini Mp Dr. Chris Wamalwa called upon people from western Kenya to support Bungoma senator Moses Masika Wetangula’s bid of vying to be the next president of the republic of Kenya saying he has the capability of leading the nation.