Leaders who take advantage funeral gatherings to peddle politics should be barred from speaking in such occasions says Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader says the widespread culture among a section of political class in the country has no place in modern civilization and should therefore be done away with.
“Some people wait for someone to die so that they can use the audience that has come to pay homage to the deceased and the funeral as a platform for insulting others and to engage in empty politics. That is not only selfish and greedy but also wrong and sinful,” said Dr Mutua.
Mutua asked Kenyans to reject such leaders whose hunger for identity and fame he says blinds them to the reality at hand.
“Most of the time, the politicians do not even know the person who has died nor have any personal connection with the bereaved family. All they see is an audience that has to listen to their vitriol,” he said.
He went on, “It is quite disheartening to go to a funeral where relatives of the bereaved are subjected to improper and most of the time callous political talk by some of our leaders.”
He was speaking in Machakos town.
Meanwhile, Machakos County First Lady, Ms. Lilian Ng’ang’a has called on the National Government to implement the Basic education amendment bill that will see all school going girls receive free sanitary towels from the government.
The First Lady expressed concern that since the signing of the bill in 2017, the roll out has not taken place and girls continue to miss school during their period days.
Speaking at Masaani Girls High School in Machakos County, during a mentorship session, the first lady also encouraged the girls to focus on their studies and remain committed to building a good future for themselves by rejecting peer pressure, comparing themselves with each other and to avoid negative thoughts like suicide which is not a solution to a problem but an escape.
She also challenged them pursue their goals as strong women of the future, because the female gender is coming up as a formidable force across all sectors in the world.
The First Lady has been visiting schools in Machakos County, distributing sanitary towels to the girls in commemoration of the menstrual hygiene month which is in May.