Emotions ran high in Murang’a County during the burial of comedian-cum-radio presenter Ngoni Wa Thuita alias Ole Matope’s brother, Chrispin Maina Thuita.
The corporal in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) died a week ago after he was involved in a road accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. He was returning to his work station in Lanet, Nakuru County, from his home in Gilgil.
The send-off in Githunguri Village, Iyego Location, was conducted with military honours.
The body was brought in from KDF Memorial Hospital by a military bus.
The coffin was draped in the national flag.
The service included a 21-gun salute.
Family, friends, and politicians eulogised the late soldier as a kind and amiable man.
Ole Matope said it would take a lot to accept that his elder brother is no more.
“He was like a father to me. We went to the same high school and he always protected me from being bullied. When our dad died 10 years ago, as the elder son he took us as his children. His leadership was unmatched,” the Kameme FM radio co-host said.
The former Milele FM and KBC Radio Taifa presenter was overwhelmed by emotions as he gave his speech.
“We cannot question God, rest well brother…I will miss you dearly,” he said as tears rolled down his face.
The fallen officer’s wife said she was still grieving, as her husband was the breadwinner.
For her part, Chrispin’s firstborn daughter, who is set to sit her KCPE exam this year, revealed that her father had promised to enable her to join Moi Forces Academy in Lanet, if she would perform well.
The departed soldier joined the military in 2001. He had first been enrolled into the National Youth Service (NYS).
A few years ago, he spent several months in hospital after cheating death in an Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia.
The militants staged one of the deadliest attacks on a Kenyan base under the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), leaving most of his colleagues either dead or taken hostage.
Chrispin, 43, is survived by his widow and three children.