Activist Boniface Mwangi and lawyer Miguna Miguna treated netizens to some drama after they traded jabs over the late Ken Okoth’s will.
The feud started when Miguna said that cremation is not part of African culture, responding to the cremation of Ken Okoth’s body.
In response to Miguna’s sentiments, Mwangi argued that cremation was the deceased’s final wishes, further adding that the process saves resources that could have been used in burial plans.
“Ken Okoth chose to be cremated, his body, his choice. Cremation saves time, land and money, you don’t need to do a burial fundraiser. The bible says, dust to dust and ash to ash. Finally, not all Africans believe in Jesus Christ and Mohamed, ” tweeted Mwangi.
In a sharp rebuttal, the controversial lawyer suggested that the late Okoth did not leave behind a will, rubbishing claims that cremation was his final wish.
“Have you seen Ken Okoth’s will? No. It does not exist either because someone is hiding it or he did not leave behind a will. We cannot respect conjured up things. Okoth did not tell his mother that he should be cremated,” read Miguna’s response.
Mwangi then responded, ” If Miguna didn’t witness something, it didn’t happen! Assumption is the lowest level of knowledge. You assume you know everything about everyone. Miguna, for you to continue being taken seriously, choose your battles. You comment on anything and everything. Log off twitter and do something productive with your time.”
In what appeared to be headed for a lethal battle, Miguna accused Mwangi of engaging in PR stunts and malice, telling him that he had no business advising people on how to use their time.
“You are a photographer who also happens to be a frequent user of Twitter. Don’t purport to advise anyone on how to utilize their time. Focus on what you do. I focus on what I do. Reason with facts and logic. Avoid malice and PR stunts. They won’t help you,” read the Canada-based lawyer.
Not one to take accusations lying down, Mwangi responded with a clap back of his own, urging Miguna to redirect his energy towards strategizing.
“Generals don’t spend their time fighting with foot soldiers and busy bodies. You wake up everyday to fight and block anyone who disagrees with you. Instead of agonising and shouting on twitter everyday, use that time to strategise. I rest my case!” read Mwangi’s final tweet.
The issue of cremation in African society continues to elicit a mixed reaction.
This follows the cremation of the late Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, who said he wanted to be cremated because a funeral is expensive and the late Okoth, whose cremation drew a barrier between members of his family.
Okoth died of colorectal cancer on July 26 at the Nairobi Hospital and was cremated on August 3 at Kariakor.