There were emotional scenes in Nairobi on Saturday (15 March) as thousands of Kenyans gathered to see the body of murdered politician Josiah Mwangi Kariuki removed from the city mortuary to be buried.
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Background: There were emotional scenes in Nairobi on Saturday (15 March) as thousands of Kenyans gathered to see the body of murdered politician Josiah Mwangi Kariuki removed from the city mortuary to be buried.
Heavily-armed riot police were on hand to control the crowds of mourners for the man nicknamed "the leader of the opposition" because of his criticisms of the Government. The atmosphere was tense but there was no violence.
Mr. Kariuki's three wives, relatives and children paid their respects to the body which was not identified for over a week after it was found near a Masai village on 3 March. Mr. Kariuki had been last seen in Nairobi two days before.
After leaving the mortuary, the funeral cortege travelled the 80 miles (130 kilometres) to the politician's farm for the burial.
In an angry mood on Friday (14 March), the Kenyan Parliament decided to set up a select committee to investigate the murder and strongly criticised police handling of the enquiry.
Kenya has been rocked by a spate of violence recently, including a bus bombing that killed 27 people the day before Mr. Kariuki vanished.