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Oparanya aide to be buried today as court clears the way

By Douglas Dindi
Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Kakamega County Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi.
In summary

The Kakamega County Chief of Staff Robert Sumbi, who died of Covid-19 last month, will be accorded a decent send-off tomorrow.

The county government in a paid advert funeral announcement, stated that Sumbi, who died on October 29, at a Bungoma hospital, will be buried at his Emakhwale village home after a funeral service at the Mumias Complex Sports Centre, 5km away.

“The decision to shift the service to the stadium is to give his friends, workmates and extended family, a chance to pay him their last respects as this would be impossible at the burial site due to limited space and the Covid-19 protocols,” said Rhoda Masaviru who is chairing the funeral committee..

Lifted orders

Governor Wycliffe Oparanya is expected to lead county government leaders at the service of one of his most trusted aides.

This comes after a Kakamega court , lifted orders against Sumbi’s burial, by giving  his first wife Susan Nandama all civil rights over her husband’s body and  intestate.

The court order ended a tussle over Sumbi’s body between Nandama on one side and Sumbi’s family, second wife Yvonne Tunai and the county government on the other.

The county has witnessed subdued burial ceremonies of prominent people who reportedly died of Covid-19 including top medic Daniel Alushula, and businesswoman and politician Marble Muruli in recent days albeit through strict enforcement of safety protocols.