Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) party leader Raila Odinga has distanced himself from a story published by the star about his sentiment in regards to funerals amid Coronavirus.
Taking it to Twitter, Raila Odinga clarified that the report by the publication was yet another example of misreporting and should be totally ignored. On May 26, 2020, the publication quoted Odinga stating that dead bodies should be cremated to prevent the spread of COVID-19 instead of burying them.
It was also alleged that Odinga had linked the transportation of bodies to burials as a dangerous practice that exposes mourners to the virus.
“My mother died while I was in detention and I visited the graveside four years later upon release. Don’t go to funerals that are not a must such as those for people not related to you. We must stop this cultural belief that a dead person must be ferried and buried upcountry. They can be buried in cemeteries in urban areas where they died,” Quoted the publication.
He has clarified that all he meant was that during this pandemic era, Kenyans should take caution and try conducting small and fast funerals.
“I wish to clarify that in my interview with Kameme TV and Radio Milele, I did not ask the Luo or any other Kenyan and African community to cremate the dead as reported by The Star Newspaper. Instead, I called on Kenyans to embrace speedy burials and avoid elaborate and crowded burial ceremonies at this time of COVID-19 to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus,” reads the tweet in part.
ask Kenyans to treat the report in The Star as a continuation of the sensational misreporting that has characterized the paper lately including a recent false and sensational report that I was to head an economic recovery team.”
— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) May 28, 2020