Mr Joseph Nyakundi, the slain son of prominent city lawyer Assa Nyakundi, was yesterday buried in a low-key ceremony at Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi.
The lawyer, who reportedly shot his son accidentally, was missing from both the funeral service and the burial. Relatives said he is still being treated for low blood pressure at Nairobi Hospital.
It is still not clear whether police plan to charge him. Nyakundi’s burial in a public cemetery, and his father’s absence, were attributed to a possible split in the family.
According to customs, as an unmarried adult male from the Abagusii, he should have been buried at his father’s farm in Ngoso village, Kitutu Chache, Kisii County.
But some family members told the Nation Newspaper that the lawyer’s wife, Ms Lydia Apungu, and his eldest son, Mr Noah Nyakundi, opposed the idea.
At the International Christian Church on Mombasa Road where the final rites began, the service was brief. Bishop Philip Kitoto, who conducted the service, asked the congregants to stop speculating about the death and instead allow investigative agencies to do their work.
“Nobody knows what happened,” said the bishop.
“Remember that people’s words can separate families. Instead of speculating, why can’t we take this chance to thank God for the life of Joseph?” he added.
It is not yet clear whether the police have recorded a statement from the lawyer on the shooting.
The Starehe Directorate of Criminal Investigations Office, which provided daily updates on the investigation during the first week after the murder, has gone silent.
However, information available from detectives investigating the case has shown a number of inconsistencies between what the lawyer initially told the police and their findings. For instance, his claim that he shot his son while inside the car has been contradicted by the postmortem report.
The postmortem revealed that Joseph, the victim as a result of “chest injuries and haemorrhage due to a gunshot that was shot at an angle of 90 degrees.”
“The shot projection from the chest exiting at the back suggested that the bullet was released from outside the car,” said the report.
The lawyer had also told the police that his glock pistol had 14 bullets, only for the gun to be found with 13 bullets during a forensic examination.
However, without a written statement on what transpired from the lawyer, the police cannot fully investigate the death since they need the accounts of all the people of interest.
Vincent Achuka, Daily Nation