Why Fallen CS Matiang'i Security Guard Was Denied Military Honors
Wasike died after shooting himself and his wife.
Police Constable (PC) Hudson Wasike who shot dead his wife before turning the bullet on himself was on Thursday (yesterday) laid to rest in Kironge village, Taita Taveta.
However, the fallen PC who was working with the Interior Ministry CS Fred Matiang'i's security details was not accorded the military honors as per the norm.
Instead, the send-off was attended by only family members and a few friends, since no workmates went to his home. As usual, whenever a militant officer dies, his/her colleagues accord the deceased a 21-gun salute.
The shooting is conducted near the grave, while the casket is being wrapped with the national flag. A national anthem is also played during then.
Although, whenever an officer dies through suicide as is the case with PC Wasike, such honors are not rendered. The fallen officer cannot even be buried in military attire as per the norm.
Close sources also hinted that it may be hard for the family of the fallen officer to get any benefits. "... at times, even for the family to access the benefits may be a problem," stated the sources.
Wasike's send-off was so different from his wife's Pauline Wakasa who was laid to rest a few days ago in Kakamega. As per the norm, her remains were ferried by her female colleagues and the casket wrapped in the national flag.