The body of veteran politician Mark Too, who was christened Bwana Dawa for his defining role during Moi’s era, arrived at his home in Eldoret this past weekend for burial today, Monday January 9.
The burial planned at his Maziwa Farm near the Eldoret International Airport is expected to go ahead never mind a court order issued by a magistrate in Eldoret halting funeral arrangements.
This is after Lawyer Simon Lilan presented to court his demands for an independent probe into Too’s death, he reckons the politician may have been assassinated for political reasons as well as his vast wealth.
“I will change my case to seek exhumation if the body is buried without samples being taken for the investigations and if it will also be buried away from the home of first wife Mary,” Lilan said.
Present to receive the body at the Eldoret airport was Governor Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu and his Nandi counterpart Cleophas Lagat. Member of Parliament for Kapseret Oscar Sudi was also present at the airport. The remains of the former Nominated MP arrived aboard a plane that also carried his family including widows Mary and Sophie.
AIC Bishop Patrice Chumba opened with a brief prayer at the airport before the body was shortly escorted in a convoy to his house which is just two kilometers from the airport.
“We are prepared as the community of Eldoret and this county to give our hero Mark Too a befitting sendoff,” Mandago noted as reported by the Star.
Dignitaries expected to grace Too’s burial include President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto as well and their Cord counterparts. Retired President Moi is also expected to attend the occasion.
There’s a heavy police presence at the home and tents erected in an open field where the funeral service will take place.
Too collapsed at his home in Eldoret on December 31 and was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Christmas Day, Too went to the same health facility complaining of stomach pains, but refused to be admitted for a night as per doctor’s advice.