Suba South MP John Mbadi was booed by mourners during the late Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori’s funeral on March 9, 2020.
The ODM Party chairman was at the ceremony alongside several leaders from across the country led by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and his Kilifi counterpart, Amason Kingi as well as ODM secretary-general Edwin Sifuna and National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale to bid farewell to the late party member.
While addressing mourners, Mbadi waded into the controversial Ksh39 billion fake arms deal where he claimed that Deputy President William Ruto was involved together with former Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa.
Mourners carry the remains of former Msambweni MP the late Suleiman Dori who succumbed to leukemia on March 9, 2020
“It’s such shame for the second-highest position in Kenya to hide criminals,” he stated.
Mbadi’s claim that Ruto’s office was hosting criminals angered the grieving residents who heckled and shut him up and ordered him to stop mentioning the Deputy President’s name.
In the incident that was caught on camera, a resident is seen surging forward to get the attention of Mbadi, who gives him an ear – apologises using gestures and hands over the microphone.
ODM leaders had flocked at the venue to pay their last respects to the late Second-time Member of Parliament who was elected through the ODM ticket under the National Super Alliance (Nasa) coalition in 2017.
Governor Salim Mvurya stated that burial areas were not conducive places for politics condemning the act and advised his colleagues to practice politics at appropriate forums.
“We have come for burial, then let’s concentrate on it,” Mvurya advised.
Dori and his Kilifi counterpart Aisha Jumwa had at one time defied their party and defected to DP Ruto’s camp.
This put him on a collision course with ODM and he was summoned by the National Executive Council for disrespecting the party. The legislator late apologized and was spared disciplinary action.
The party announced his death on the morning of Monday, March 9, stating that the legislator passed on at about 5:33 a.m.
He was laid to rest at 4:00 p.m. on the same day.