Gor Mahia fans today stormed the funeral of Citizen Television actor Boniface Aggrey Okello and seized the coffin, focring mourners to run for safety. The rowdy fans said the ceremony came ahead of the big clash between Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium and he should be allowed to “watch it before he is buried”.

Gor and Sony face off this afternoon in the Kenyan Premier League Top 8 final in Kisumu. The scuffle started after K’Ogalo fans got agitated by the clergy who they accused of hijacking the ceremony without their involvement.

Mr Okello, who acted as “Bokelo” in Inspecta Mwala show and a comedian with a popular vernacular radio station, was a card-carrying K’Ogalo fan. Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyongo had to be whisked away after the rowdy youths destroyed the podium during the funeral held in Kano in Kisumu County.

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MPs Fred Outa (Nyando) and Silvance Osele (Kabondo Kasipul) were also denied the chance to address mourners after the fans disconnected the public address system. The clergy were forced to scamper for safety at Mr Okello’s home which, a stone throw from the school venue. The fans insisted that they will take the remains to the stadium for the match before returning it for burial.

Chanting “Jowi! Jowi! Jowi!” (loosely translated to mean bull), the group carried the coffin shoulder high and marched with it around the school compound with pleas for calm by family and friends of Mr Okello falling on deaf ears.

The Kisumu-born comedian died last month after a short illness. He is credited as one of the pioneer actors behind the success of Citizen TV’s Inspekta Mwala alongside “Abdi” and “Muliro” where he used to play the role of a police officer. He was also known as “Woun Ombugu” in his radio show.

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