Raila dismisses claims that he called for cremation of the dead
By Vincent Kejitan
| May 28th 2020
ODM Party leader Raila Odinga has dismissed claims that he
asked his community to cremate the dead as reported by The Star Newspaper.
Through a statement seen by Ureport, Odinga said that he
called on Kenyans to avoid burials as the country fights the spread of
“I wish to clarify that in my interview with Kameme TV and
Milele FM I did not ask the Luo or any other Kenyan and African community to
cremate the dead as reported by The Star Newspaper.
“Instead, I called on Kenyans to embrace speedy burials and
avoid elaborate and crowded burial ceremonies at this time of COVID-19,” said
He added that cremation has never been part of the culture
of most African communities and must not be imposed on them.
Further, Odinga hit out at the newspaper over what he termed
as ‘sensational misreporting’, saying talk that he was to head an economic
recovery team were baseless.
The newspaper had quoted the ODM leader speaking about the
death of his mother while in detention, narrating how he visited the graveside
four years later.
“My mother died while I was in detention and I visited the
graveside four years later upon release. Don’t go to funerals that are not a
must," such as those for people not related to you.
“We must stop this cultural belief that a dead person must
be ferried and buried upcountry. They can be buried in cemeteries in urban areas
where they died,” he was quoted.
In recent weeks, the Ministry of Health has cautioned
Kenyans over breaking social distancing rules during burials and CS Health
Kagwe last week mentioned how mourners travelled from Kibra to Siaya and later
tested positive for Coronavirus.
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