Politics and pleas on the family to unite dominated speeches during the burial of real estate tycoon Gerishon Kirima, who was buried at his Kiruri home in Murang’a County on Tuesday.
During the church service, Prime Minister Raila Odinga dismissed retired President Daniel Moi’s claims that the new Constitution allows same-sex marriages.
Mr Odinga termed as democratic Mr Moi’s opposition to the Constitution during the referendum but invited him to read the document to establish there was no room for gay unions.
The PM who repeatedly referred to Mr Moi as Nyayo said the constitution was good because it provided protection of legally acquired land and prohibited abortion.
Mr Moi had earlier revisited the referendum, saying, although he opposed passing of the new Constitution, it had some good provisions like giving an equal chance to all children to inherit their fathers’ property.
The mourners, who included President Kibaki, asked the family to set aside their differences and unite, saying, they had been brought up as one unit by their father, Mr Kirima.
President Kibaki said the infighting in the family that dominated the news in the recent past had caused much agony to Mr Kirima’s agemates and must stop.
“What is happening (the infighting) is wrong as there is no reason to fight now that you are all children of the same father. All of us have the same problems but we need not fight”, the President said.
He called on the council of elders who organised the burial led by former politician Maina Wanjigi to help the family overcome their differences.
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta was cheered wildly when he told the family in Kikuyu they would be better off if they adopted the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr Kirima and acquired their own wealth rather than fight over what their father had left behind.
He said wealth acquired through wrangles may not sustainable.
Former politician Charles Rubia eulogised Mr Kirima as an astute businessman and politician as well as a good friend. He declared that he had forgiven those who had detained him alongside his colleague Kenneth Matiba and Mr Odinga.