Moi's body

The death of Moi and his funeral budget has made us realize how booming a business a prominent death is in Kenya given the money people rake in.

Here is why

  1. Bodies are majorly kept at Lee Funeral home

Within Nairobi, the funeral parlour will charge you anything from Sh5,000 to collect the body from home and Sh 3,000 daily for storage.

Coffins at the funeral home go for anything between Sh35,000 to Sh130,000.

For the body handling, which includes washing and dressing, the cost is Sh5,000 while a Jaguar hearse would see you cough up at least Sh130,000 for transport within Nairobi.

Other charges are dependent on the needs and demands of those seeking services at the funeral home.

Nicholas Biwott and John Michuki among others, late Safaricom boss Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth, Joyce Laboso and even more recently, it received the body of former president Daniel Moi.

The life and times of former president Moi in photos

2. They are dressed up in expensive suits

In the case of President Moi, he was dressed in different suits on the different times his body was laid.

On the first day of public viewing on Saturday, the body was dressed in a grey suit, a white shirt, brown shoes and a flowered tie.

On Sunday, the body was dressed in a black suit, white shirt with a red necktie and black shoes.

On Monday, which was the last day of public viewing, Moi’s body was dressed in a navy grey suit, brown shoes, a white shirt and a mustard yellow checked tie.

For a man of his calibre, it is obvious the suits plus shoes cost an arm and a leg.

Photos of how the police force bid their former commander farewell

3. Caterers

When a prominent person dies, the government contacts service providers to provide services such as tents, food and drinks.

Such providers smile all the way to the bank. In Moi’s case the entire burial will cost 300 million so you do the maths.

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