When the news of the death of Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei hit the headline, it was first assumed to be a suicide.
However, the DCI boss George Kinoti verified that it was a cold-blooded murder.
The National Police Service’s Director of Communications, Mr Charles Owino, said the Rift Valley regional commander, Marcus Ocholla, is in charge of the slain sergeant’s burial plans.
Kenei will be given a military send-off.
Photos of Kinoti demonstrating how Kenei was killed
Below is a procedure of a military send-off.
- From the viewing of the body to the final resting place, members of the police force will be the pallbearers as well as the program and the logistics. This is in consultation with the family.
2. While this is happening some officers, from the same rank as the person being laid to rest will pay tribute while standing around the grave.
3. The firing party is 50-75 paces from the head of the casket in full view of the family.
4. Even though real guns are involved, a military funeral and other honour guards do not fire live artillery shells but blanks, for safety precautions.
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5. The interval between the gun salutes is to allow for reloading.
6. Kenei will then receive a 21 gun salute, shot into the air by 21 officers arranged in rows of 7 officers each in 3 rows.
There are 13, 15 and 21 gun salutes which are all determined by the rank or social standing of the person being honoured.
Normally a folded flag is presented to the deceased person’s family as a token of gratitude for that person’s service.
If an officer commits suicide they are not accorded a military send-off.