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Question Arises Behind Jomo Kenyatta’s Body Being Moved from Mausoleum to Gatundu

by Paul Nyongesa
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On Monday, March 27, a poster began circulating online inviting the public to witness the exhumation of former President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s body from the mausoleum at Parliament Buildings and its transportation to Gatundu.

The poster claimed that the event was being organized by the Kenyatta family in conjunction with the State Department for National Heritage and was set to coincide with the nationwide protests organized by the Azimio La Umoja movement on Thursday, March 30.

The poster turned out to be a hoax, with a source confirming that no such event was planned. The timing of the poster’s circulation, however, raises questions about its intention.

The Kenyatta family has been in the spotlight recently, with some government officials allegedly targeting them for a witch hunt. Furthermore, an unknown group of people had stormed the Kenyatta-owned Northlands City in Kiambu County just a day earlier, causing chaos and destruction.

The Kenyatta mausoleum is one of the most heavily guarded places in Kenya, managed by the Parliament and guarded by the Kenya Defence Forces. According to reports, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s body was officially exhumed once since his burial on August 31, 1978.

The body was exhumed three months after its burial and taken to City Mortuary for professional preparation before being returned to the mausoleum.

In 2019, the Kenyatta family held its last public anniversary of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s death. Former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was then in office, explained that the decision was reached after consultations with family members.

The exhumation and transportation of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s body from the mausoleum to Gatundu would have been a significant event, but the alleged poster was just a rumor.

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