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DP Ruto, Raila among leaders who flocked MP Murunga's home for funeral [Photos]

Matungu MP Justus Murunga funeral service at Makunda Primary School on Saturday. [Brian Kisanji, Standard]
Matungu MP Justus Murunga is set to be buried today at his home at Makunda village. He died on November 14.
 
He collapsed that evening and was rushed to the Matungu Sub county Hospital in the company of his handlers and bodyguard.
 
 
The MP was then rushed to St Mary's Hospital where healthworkers tried to save his life but he died while receiving treatment.
 
 
He was taken to Lee Funeral Home where his body was airlifted from today to his eldest wife's home in Makutano village in Lugari.
 
The body of Matungu MP Justus Murunga arrives. [Willy Lusige]

It is expected that the body will be buried in accordance to Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines that include pallbearers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

Present at Murunga's burial was Deputy President William Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga, ANC  leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang'ula, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, his Bungoma counterpart Wycliffe Wangamati, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), among others.

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi with Deputy President William Ruto at the funeral in Lugari on Saturday.

The funeral comes at a time when public gatherings have been banned to de-escalate rising Covid-19 numbers in Kenya.

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Senator Cleophas Malala arrive.

However, attendants seemed to observe some of the protocols which include not shaking hands and wearing face masks.

 
The family had earlier been stopped from carrying on with the burial arrangements after a woman moved to court over the matter.
 
 
Milimani court issued the order restraining Murunga’s widows Christabel Murunga and Grace Murunga from conducting the burial, interment or cremation of the body pending the determination of a suit filed by a woman claiming to have been his lover.
 
The suit was filed by Agnes Wangui, who said she had two children with the MP in a secret relationship.
 
 
In her application she alleged that Murunga’s family had conspired to lock her and her children out of the funeral and burial arrangements.
 
Murunga, fondly referred to as 'The Drill' was born in 1960 and was a manager at Embakasi Ranging Company in Nairobi before joining politics in 2017.