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Politics at the funeral is not ethical

Looking around the world it is only in Kenya that most politicians use funerals for their gains as minerals. Severally, politicians take advantage of the pulpit and funerals to propel their political agenda and respond to their opponents. It is absurd to use sad moments for personal interests. What I know about funerals in many African traditions is that mourners join family members and friends of the departed to give ceremonious send off and to condole the bereaved. It is a sad moment. At best, many people will have their eyes full of tears and emotions. There is empathy and compassion. There are no speeches and no politics at all. It is a moment to show grief and mighty power of God to carry out His natural justice as has been preordained. Death reminds each person that every human being is mortal and sooner or later, natural justice shall take its course. It is a moment all of us want to forgive and forget despite of the relationship. It makes people sad and worried about their future.
But how Kenyan politicians changed funerals into minerals, grief and sorrow into feasts, is a subject of great debate.
Christianity introduced religious rites and modern ways of conducting burials in Africa. Prayers are conducted accordingly and participants are urged to show solidarity with the bereaved family as a sign of solidarity. Some collections are usually done to make contribution to the family and help them feel that there is concern from sympathizers. The same Christian traditions encourage a peaceful send off based on prayers. It is not a moment for others to take advantage and preach their political gospel. It is bad to change funerals into political minerals. It is equally unethical to use the pulpit or holy place to respond to your challengers. Such people are hedonists and sadists at the same time. They do not attend funerals to mourn and make their moral contributions to the family. They are grabbers of occasions to do their things.
It is likewise perplexing how some people frustrate the bereaved and even snatch them their hard earned wealth. Widows and orphans are usually victimized by this bad culture of funerals turned into minerals. Those who have not had a car would put claims on the car of the dead or any of his property. This culture must change. Instead of mourning the dead they celebrate. It is a very wrong practice and has no sign of love, human feeling and civilization.
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