Former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Kalembe Ndile’s funeral has been flawed with wrangles following disagreements between his family and his political colleagues.
This is after his Wiper party MCAs attempted to take over his funeral program a thing strongly opposed by his family members especially the wife.
The Wiper allied Members of County Assembly had requested the former legislators coffin to be wrapped in a party flag, and another hoisted beside the casket during his burial.
His widow Magdalene Kalembe was however of the contrary opinion, declining the request on grounds that it would reduce the solemn ceremony into a political affair.
“Kalembe Ndile was a member of Wiper. The party should take control of the funeral arrangements,” Lower Eastern Wiper Party coordinator Mr Dee Kivuva said.
This comes amid family requests to politicians, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy Dr. Ruto included to help meet the funeral budget currently set at 8 Million shillings.
Among those stretching the budget includes Sh1.5 million bill owed to the Nairobi Hospital and a further Sh680,000 owed to Lee Funeral Home, for mortuary bills.
The family has also organized for a fundraiser to take place today in Nairobi to help meet the funeral expenses.
Kalembe’s family yesterday held a funeral service at St Veronica Catholic Church in Syokimau with no notable politician attending the service.
During his sick days the former legislator had complained of his political friends deserting him, while heaping praises on the media for their pivotal role during his sickness.
“Thanks for your support. You Machakos media team played key roles in my life. You visited me while I was sick. Remain focused and united,” Kalembe told Cornelius Kimbui, a journalist.
The lawmaker died a week ago at the Nairobi Hospital after a long, and unsuccessful battle with liver complications, with plans underway to burry him on June 11 at his Mbui Nzau home in Makueni County.
At his death, President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Kalembe, 57, as a witty, determined, and practical politician whose rise in life was as a result of sheer hard work.
“It is unfortunate that death has taken from us the Hon Kalembe Ndile in his prime. He was a lively politician who loved and worked with everyone, and always held the interests of the country at heart,” the President said.