The widow of the former Mount Elgon MP John Serut lectured politicians after their supporters disrupted the lawmaker’s funeral service.
Madam Pamela Serut castigated youth who were shouting and causing chaos at the event held on Saturday, March 5.
A section of the rowdy crowd who accompanied local politicians also wanted to pull down the tent where the family and other dignitaries were sitting.
The widow questioned why the distractors were allowing themselves to be used to cause mayhem.
The widow of the former Mount Elgon MP John Serut, Madam Pamela Serut during the burial service on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
She advised the youth to stop being used by politicians and noted that the family had been aware of plans to disrupt the service.
“I am embarrassed. We had been informed yesterday that there were people who were paid. Why do you people make yourselves so cheap?
“As a family, we are mourning yet you people are running after small coins. You want to pull down this tent and hurt people. This is very embarrassing,” she lamented.
Before introducing her children, Madam Pamela was also interrupted by a section of the crowd who attempted to cut her off. The children led by Serut’s granddaughter Makeila Serut backed their mother and called out the youth.
The burial ceremony was further momentarily disrupted after Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala ruffled feathers by criticising local leaders supporting ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Malala targeted Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, who was at the burial ceremony. In his speech, he as well as asked the Western region to vote against Odinga, claiming that he had not spearheaded the development agenda in the region.
He accused the ODM leader of facilitating the removal of leaders from the region from key positions in Parliament.
Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala during the burial service of former Mount Elgon MP John Serut on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
“We voted for him in 2017 but he did not consult us before his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. His first assignment was to kick out Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya Party Leader), the second assignment was to fire me and he also de-whipped MPs Chris Wamalwa and Benjamin Washiali,” Senator Malala alleged.
“The other day we heard him say that Musalia Mudavadi and Wetangula, were making noises when they addressed the economic challenges in this country. I want to tell Raila Odinga that he insulted the Western Region community,” he added.
Reports indicated that a group of youth allied to a governor from the Western region were offended by Senator Malala’s remarks.