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Chaos rock former Gem Member of Parliament, Jakoyo Midiwo’s burial ceremony

Chaotic scenes were witnessed during the burial ceremony of the late former area Member of Parliament Jakoyo Midiwo in Gem constituency, Siaya County.

On Saturday, June 26, 2021, mourners who had flocked the grounds to view the body of former Gem lawmaker were teargassed and blocked for allegedly flouting Covid-19 regulations.

During the incidence, a police officer could be heard asking the mourners to keep their distance before lobbing teargas to disperse the crowd from the area.

This is after the body of the former legislator had arrived at his home in Gem and offloaded from an aircraft at around 10:30 AM.

The casket carrying the body was then sanitized in line with Covid-19 guidelines before it was taken to the house of his first wife where only six individuals were allowed access the place.

After spending one hour at his first wife’s house, the body was then taken to the second wife’s house at around 11 AM for prayers before being moved to the school grounds where the ceremony is expected to take place.

The former Gem legislator passed on on Monday, June 14, 2021 at the Nairobi Hospital after he was taken to the hospital on Saturday, June 12, 2021 where the doctors noted that his blood pressure was low and admitted him to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The deceased’s brother, George Midiwo, disclosed that the former legislature was well and could even speak on Sunday barely a day to his death which happened the following day at around 4 pm.

During his memorial service that was held on Thursday, June 24, 2021, Raila revealed that before his death, Jakoyo had warned Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga of attending burials.

“We had lost a number of people in the family and Jakoyo urged me not to attend the burials because I would attract many people. He said that we would have a memorial service for all of them in due time,” Odinga stated.

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