By Boniface Gikandi
A councillor’s widow and her children chased away a mourner when his eulogy veered dangerously off the mark.
Trouble started when the elderly man who had been slotted in to talk on behalf of the deceased’s Nairobi friends stood up and started saying unsavoury things about the deceased.
The man who introduced himself to the mourners as “a dear friend of the late and who feels greatly grieved by his death” started off by portraying the deceased as a man who never turned down an expensive meal offer.
“This is a man who loved good food, which I used to buy for him at an Indian hotel in Nairobi,” he began.
“A few days before he met his death, he had visited me in Nairobi and I took him to a favourite hotel where I bought him food and tea,” he added.
Unmoved by the furtive glances that came from his audience, the man went on: “After we were through with the food, I took him to a shop and asked him to chose the best suit available.”
At this juncture, family members were seen exchanging furious glances and pointing at the podium. At one point, the widow was even seen signaling someone to mute the loudspeaker.
Those present at the high table who included serving Members of Parliament, clergy, councillors and business people appeared shocked at the turn of events. But the mourner went on with his address,
oblivious of the hostility he had generated.
“The suit I bought is the one my dear friend is wearing now as he lies dead. I was a true friend. I have clothed him even in death…” the man went on.
Unable to bear it any longer, the widow, accompanied by her son, moved to the dais and violently wrenched the microphone from him.