The burial of the late Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei that took place in Rongai, Nakuru on Saturday, March 7, was marred by anger and tears.
The deceased, an officer at Deputy President William Ruto’s office was found murdered at his home on Thursday, February 20.
Leaders and family members who spoke during the burial castigated his killers and called for speedy investigations into the heinous act.
From the DP to the deceased’s wife and father, all expressed their pain in the loss of the slain Kenei.
While delivering his speech at the ceremony, Deputy President William Ruto lamented that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations was being used to undermine his office.
His voice and expressions showed signs of an angry DP who at times paused to recollect his thoughts before resuming his tirade. He didn’t mince his words, even daring the killers of the late officer to go after him too.
He laid bare that the system was out to finish him, challenging his detractors to target him and leave innocent people out of the supremacy battle.
“I want to tell the DCI, do your work as police officers. Stop commenting on politics… the DCI is being used to undermine my office.
“I am aware that there is a huge scheme that has been orchestrated to demean and to destroy my office and to ensure that I do not get anywhere…The blood of this innocent Kenyan will not go scot-free,” he stated.
“Let me tell you, all those who killed this young man because of any reason will not have any peace until we find them. Those who are running this scheme, let me tell you that unless you kill me, I am not going to back down because the country belongs to all of us… I already know some of their plans that are coming in my future,” he remarked.
On her part, Kenei’s widow Judy Yegon, who was overwhelmed by emotions, eulogised him as a “handsome warrior who had a deep sense of fashion and humor”.
She struggled to read the eulogy amidst sobs, with several women standing by her side for support during her most trying time.
“You gave new meaning to love. As the angels lead you to paradise, I will miss you my love, my warrior, and everything about you.
“Rest well my love. Please watch over us from the other side. I love you. I promise to take care of our babies,” she stated amid sobs.
On his part, Kenei’s father challenged politicians who had attended his son’s burial.
“Slash a part of your salaries and give police officers a decent pay. They go through so much whereas you lead lavish lives spending a lot of money.
“Some of those officers sleep hungry, some are dying, being shot dead and yet no one remembers them so I would urge you to reduce your salaries and help these officers get something small as well,” Chesang stated.
Further, he warned the media against breaking news of deaths before the affected family was in the know.
“Let us not just publish stories anyhow because we received Kenei’s death in the most absurd way. We did not know a thing, we just heard everything from the news,” he concluded.
Kenei’s son also had an opportunity to address the mourners.
“Dad we have lost you, We love you unconditionally and forever. I will always cherish the time that we were together. You gave me the very best in life. For the last days you were around, you gave us memories that we will always hold on to.
“No matter where I am, your spirit will always shine and no matter what you will always be with me. I will miss you, dad, rest in peace,” Kenei’s son eulogised.
Some of the other leaders who attended the ceremony included; Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika.