Friday, May 3, 2013

Mutula Kilonzo to be buried in Mbooni

Mutula Kilonzo Jr during a press briefing at the family's law firm in Nairobi on May 3, 2013. Photo/EMMA NZIOKA

Mutula Kilonzo Jr during a press briefing at the family's law firm in Nairobi on May 3, 2013. Photo/EMMA NZIOKA  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By LILLIAN ONYANGO ([email protected])

The late Mutula Kilonzo will be buried on Thursday at his ancestral home in Mbooni, Makueni County, the family has said.

Mutula Kilonzo Jr said his father will be buried on May 9 at his home in Woyani village, Utangwa location, Makueni County in line with his wishes.

“That was the place he was born and in his will, he said that is the place he would like to be laid to rest,” he said while addressing journalists at the family law firm in Nairobi.

Mr Kilonzo was quick to dismiss reports on family wrangles regarding the Senator's final resting place.

“Those are baseless rumours. No one from the family has talked of any disagreements,” he said.

Mr Kilonzo said some of the samples obtained during the post-mortem examination would be sent abroad for testing.

“There are some samples that will be taken out of the country so that we can get a comprehensive report while those from the government will also carry out their investigations.

“When complete, the family will get all reports and that will determine out next course of action,” he said.

He said pathologists had explained that it may take more than six weeks before they release their findings.

“We are not in a hurry and want them to do a good job. As the family of Mutula Kilonzo, as well as the people who voted for him and loved him, we want to know what happened.

“We will only rest once we know the truth of the matter because it is not clear what happened,” he added.

On Wednesday, the Daily Nation established that 52 samples of the deceased’s hair, tissue, bone and other soft tissues were collected to establish the cause of his death. (READ: 52 samples in Mutula death probe)

Later, Government pathologist Johansen Oduor said all investigations would be done in Kenya.

However, according to Mr Kilonzo, samples obtained by British pathologist Calder Ian Maddison, who was invited by the family, will be sent out of the country.

“We are currently making arrangements to have them sent out,” he said.

The 8-hour examination on the body of the Senator, who was found dead in his Kwa-Kyelu farm in Maanzoni last Saturday, was carried out by a team of seven pathologists at the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

The funeral service will be held on May 8 at the Nairobi Baptist Church.

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