Politics of Kieleweke and Tangatanga was played out during a burial ceremony on Wednesday when Governor Joseph Lenku was “stopped” from addressing mourners.
An attempt by Environment CS Keriako Tobiko to save the face of the governor by inviting him to speak while guests were now leaving the venue, embarrassed the county boss, even more, as no one remained to listen to him.
Lenku lamented bitterly and claimed organisers of the funeral breached the protocol in a bid to embarrass him in public.
“I am not going to say anything because once a presidential message has been read in such a function, I will exacerbate what has already happened here today in breaching of protocol,” said a feasibly angry Lenku.
As the governor lamented and walked out of the venue, people had already left.
MP Peris Tobiko belongs to Kieleweke wing of politicians opposed to Deputy President William Ruto’s succession in 2022, who are supported by opposition leadership in Kajiado and fronted by Kajiado Central MP, Elijah Memusi.
Lenku, who has regularly been criticised by MP Tobiko for the manner he denied her people earning from sand harvesting and other resources, belongs to Tangatanga fronting DP Ruto’s presidency in 2022 general election.
All these happened in Mashuuru sub-county during the burial of the late Mzee Tobiko ole Paloshe, 94, in front of more than 5, 000 estimated people of all walks.
CS Tobiko and Peris Tobiko are Mzee Paloshe’s children serving in Jubilee government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, and both were present as the drama unfolded in full public view.
Soon after a Church service at the home of the late Mzee, Kajiado County Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha, was invited to be master of ceremony during the remaining part of the ceremony.
Nkanatha, after a brief introduction and welcoming all the mourners that included ANC leader, Musalia Mudavadi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli, several CSs led by Dr. Fred Matiang’i and Amina Mohammed, he invited Memusi.
Memusi’s role was supposed to introduce all the elected MPs and allow them to wave to those in attendance.
After Memusi completed his first task, he recognized the presence of former Kajiado governor David Nkedianye and asked him to say “something for three minutes” to his former “people”.
Nkedianye stepped in front and consoled the family without making any political statement because the chairman of the burial committee, Elly Korinko, had earlier warned that the family of the late Mzee Paloshe will not entertain politics.
Before Memusi handed Nkedianye microphone, county commissioner Nkanatha attempted to grab it by the MP caution him; “Please, let us respect each other here, and let leaders speak to their people”.
Nkanatha again attempted to snatch the microphone from the MP, but Memusi went ahead to invite CS Tobiko, who introduced his colleagues present, and later CS Matiang’i to deliver President Kenyatta’s message to the bereaved family.
The county commissioner had nothing left to do and therefore took his seat. The arrangement was that he should have invited governor Lenku to address the mourners before inviting the ministers present.
CS Tobiko invited his internal security docket colleague to address the mourners and later delivered the president’s written speech that regarded the late Paloshe as a lover of peace and education for his children.
After the president’s speech was delivered, the function ended.