Peace message and fair justice by the Supreme Court dominated the burial of former Cabinet Minister Philip Masinde’s wife, Theresa Barasa’s burial at Bulanda village in Matayos Sub County on Saturday.
Cabinet Secretaries Eugene Wamalwa (Water), Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Rachel Omamo (Defence), Losing Presidential candidate Cyrus Jirongo, Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi and MPs John Bunyasi (Nambale), Geoffrey Odanga ( Nambale), former Funyula MP Paul Otuoma and Engineer Vincent Sidai were united in grief as they bid farewell to Mama Theresa who died at the age of 80 years.
Wamalwa who delivered President Uhuru Kenyatta’s condolence message to the bereaved family urged the council of elders to step up advice to political leaders on the need to embrace peace in the country.
The Water CS exuded confidence that the seven Supreme Court Judges will deliver justice in the Presidential petition, adding that Kenyans are patiently waiting for the Supreme Court to deliver Justice.
Mulomi who represented Governor Sospeter Ojaamong urged voters across the county to forget about politics for now and unite to develop Busia and Kenya at large.
He assured the three Cabinet Secretaries present that the County Government will work closely with the National Government to address challenges facing the county including water and sewerage system.
Jirongo called for unity among leaders so as to realize the socio-economic development of the National and County Governments. He urged the two Governments to utilize the taxpayers funds well.
Bunyasi backed the banning of plastic bags in the country saying the move will lead to cleanliness of urban centres which he said had been littered with used paper bags.
Otuoma appealed to politicians not to use the pain inflicted on them through election loss to divide the county and country. ” I am one of the victims after losing in the gubernatorial contest but I will be the last person to divide the county.
There are channels to follow in seeking justice but talks of wanting to divide Kenya should be discarded. We don’t want to see Kenya plunging in chaos like Yugoslavia,” he said.
Odanga said no MP will want his or her salary and allowances reduced. “That is the wish of President Uhuru Kenyatta and SRC chairperson Sarah Serem. We want more salaries and other Kenyans but not to reduce,” he said.
The late Theresa Barasa was the daughter of the late Senior Chief Alexander Papa from Kwangamor village in Teso South Sub County.
Mourners eulogized her as beautiful, elegant, leader, a teacher, loving, caring, brilliant, funny, stubborn, considerate, empathetic, accepting, forgiving, generous, nurturing, faithful, god-fearing, honest, patient, full of integrity, fiercely loyal, respectful, gracious, humble, grandma, great-grandma, all round phenomenal woman, dearly and deeply loved, sorely missed and sorely missed.
She is a career teacher, nutritionist, journalist and a businesswoman. She also held various social positions including Maendeleo ya Wanawake District and Provincial chairperson, Catholic Diocesan Treasurer and District APDK chairperson.
Theresa who died of Colon cancer has left behind seven children, several grand children and one great grandchild.
Photos: The coffin bearing the remains of Mama Theresa Masinde at Bulanda village in Matayos on Saturday before it was interred.
– Former Cabinet Minister Philip Masinde at the burial of his wife at Bulanda village in Matayos on Saturday.
– Cyrus Jirongo and Eugene Wamalwa during the burial of Mama Theresa Masinde at Bulanda village in Matayos on Saturday.