Health CAS Rashid Aman sparks uproar after attending burial with 400 people

Rashid Aman
Dr Rashid Aman, Health CAS. [Photo courtesy]

The Ministry of Health has come under fire following the attendance of Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Rashid Aman to burial in Gatundu South with 400 mourners.

Dr Aman attended the funeral service of Kikuyu benga artiste, Jimmy wa Yuni who perished in a road accident along Thika Road two weeks ago.

The CAS was representing Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe at the funeral.

As would be expected, only 15 people – close relatives – should have been allowed to attend the funeral in line with safety standards set by the Ministry of Health in taming the spread of COVID-19.

However, the funeral of the late musician broke all the laid down rules with more than 400 mourners, a good number of them being influential Kenyans from the political and business circles.

The service went down at Mutwethathi Primary School grounds which was under heavy security surveillance.

At the gate, 15 ushers had cartons of masks which they gave to people who showed up at the venue without it.

Amoth arrived at the funeral accompanied by several senior officials from the Ministry of Health.

Only a small group of journalists were allowed to cover the event which had been graced by among other, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, Mukurwe-ini MP Antony Kiai and Nyeri County Assembly Speaker John Kaguchia.

At one point, the funeral almost turned chaotic as a group of rowdy youth roughed up three journalists from the Nation Media Group.

This comes a week after police forced Konyu Ward MCA in Mathira, Eric Mwangi to bury his wife prematurely saying that the 45 minutes allocated for the ceremony had elapsed.

Mwangi decried that he was not targeted by the state and not allowed to mourn his wife.

The burial was attended by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria who had to leave prematurely due to heavy police presence.