Roy Lumbe and George Kebaso @PeopleDailyKe
Five key words that describes a man’s humility dominated yesterday’s personal tributes to the late Laikipia Senator, GG Kariuki who would be laid to rest in Rumuruti today.
During the requiem mass at the St Andrews PCEA church, Nairobi, those who had an opportunity to address mourners said GG Kariuki said he was, honest, tolerant, wise, philanthrophic and a peacemaker.
Fellow senators referred to him as ‘Senator No One’ because of his punctuality to sittings, active participation and level headedness during debates.
He usually arrived early and was the last to leave the Assembly, Murang’a Senator, Kembi Gitura and Energy Cabinet Secretary, Charles Keter who served as Kericho Senator for two years recounted.
But even as leaders were paying glowing tribute to GG, a man claiming to be his son moved to court in Nakuru to stop his interment accusing the family of locking him out of burial plans.
Nakuru businessman Charles Maina, 29, claimed he is the legitimate son of the veteran politician and the family ought to recognize him.
Through lawyer Kahiga Watinda, the petitioner said that the family denied him access and participation in decision making in the burial committee adding that efforts to negotiate with them failed.
“It is so unfortunate that the family held a requiem mass yesterday without my involvement as a family member, as I have been trying to negotiate with them but in vain,” he said.
In his suit he has sued the widow and two sons of the late senator accusing them of blocking him from participating in the burial preparations.