New development in the death of former Kibwezi Member of Parliament Richard Kalembe Ndile after a middle aged man claiming to be his son vows to attend his interment today.
Stephen Kalembe aged 32, a resident of Narok County’s Suswa region said that he would be among the 200 mourners at the Tip Tip leader’s home in Kivuthini village, Kibwezi West, Makueni County.
The young Kalembe, stated that he had earlier thrown the family of the former lawmaker into a panic as it sparked fears of the interment ceremony turning chaotic.
Giving details on how he got to know that Kalembe was his father, the lad noted that the former assistant minister acknowledged him as his son.
“We used to live in a disputed farm in Kitengela. My mother, who passed on after we relocated to Suswa, had identified Kalembe Ndile as my father, something that Ndile himself would later confirm,” said Kalembe during an interview with The Standard ahead of the burial
“I used to talk with him a lot. We interacted regularly at Mlolongo Township. He took me to some high-level political ceremonies,” he added, recalling a meeting he alleged they attended together at Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s home in Yatta, Machakos County.
The reportedly rich Kalembe who owns fleets of trucks, flats and over 600 heads of cattle however says he does not want to use the sendoff to further claim inheritance.
“I am a rich man already. I do not want anything from my father. I just want to attend his burial and place a bouquet of flowers on the grave as a way of thanking God for him. Although I did not go to school properly, I am who I am because of my father Kalembe Ndile,” he added.
When contacted the Kalembe family was tight lipped about the paternity claiming that the former legislator was only married to on wife and with 10 children.
“But he was a generous man. He had six other adopted children,” Sam Kinyingi, Ndile’s brother earlier said.