Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula’s brother, Tony Waswa, who allegedly died from Covid-19, has been buried under tight security.
Waswa, 48, was laid to rest in Sirisia, Bungoma County on Wednesday, May 20th, six days after he died while undergoing medication at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi.
The casket carrying Waswa’s body was completely wrapped in polythene-like material and was handled by several Health officials donning full Hazmat suits. The officials were also pictured fumigating the coffin as well as the graveside during the ceremony that lasted one hour.
Until his death, Waswa served as the personal assistant to his brother Tim Wanyonyi, who is the MP for Westlands.
Only 60 people including the deceased’s brothers Senator Wetang’ula and MP Wanyonyi attended the funeral, Daily Nation reported.
Other attendees were Women Representatives Catherine Wambilianga (Bungoma), Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia), MPs John Waluke (Sirisia), Ferdinand Wanyonyi (Kwanza), and Senator Michael Mbitoh Bitok (Trans Nzoia).
Addressing mourners at the ceremony, Senator Wetang’ula thanked President Kenyatta for providing the helicopter that airlifted Waswa’s body from Nairobi to Bungoma. He also urged Kenyans to strictly adhere to Covid-19 regulations issued by the Health Ministry.
"We are humbly requesting our people here in Bungoma, as this is a border county, to ensure they put on masks, sanitize their hands, and adhere to social distancing directive because this pandemic can only be contained by prevention," he said.