Deputy President William Ruto was on Tuesday forced to apologize on behalf of the family of Mahoo Ward representative the late Ronald Habel Sagurani, during his burial.
Police descended on locals who had converged for the burial ceremony on Tuesday morning, however, police dispersed them.
According to Ruto, the family had observed all the Covid-19 containment measures and there were at no point violations of the ‘new normal’ rules.
“What happened this morning is shameful and I want to take this opportunity to apologize on behalf of the family,” said Ruto.
He accused police officers saying they should not be used and misused politically but perform their roles as per the law.
“Our servicemen and women should stand for this nation and ensure security for us all and not be used by politicians for their selfish gains,” added Ruto.
He termed Sagurani as a dedicated leader who actively participated in transforming the county ensuring devolution is fully enhanced.
“Ronald Habel Sagurani was a vocal politician who was firmly devoted to serving the people. He was a gifted debater, persistent, and a fighter for equal justice. We honor the rich legacy he leaves behind. Our commiserations to the family, their loved ones, the people of Mahoo Ward, and the Taita Taveta County Assembly.
[Deputy President William Ruto. Photo/Courtesy]
Ruto was accompanied by Taveta MP Dr Naomi Shaban, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa, Kiambaa MP Njuguna Wanjiku among other politicians.
Sagurani who was serving as the Mahoo Ward representation for the second term after being re-elected in 2017 died last week.
He was the leader of the minority in the Taita Taveta county assembly.