Just as was was the case when he was alive, where he never mingled with locals, the burial of Mastermind Tobacco founder Wilfred Murungi on Tuesday, was a secretive one.

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Only 8 family members were allowed to witness his burial at his Matunguni home In Tharaka Nithi, while locals and relatives were kept at bay.

Members of the media were also forced to watch the one hour burial ceremony through the fences, while heavily armed officers kept watch at the gates to keep intruders out.

The same was the case when two choppers, one carrying his remains and the other his family members landed at Kiurani Primary School from Nairobi where he lived with his family.

Only close family members were allowed to load his remains into the hearse from the chopper, before his final journey to his palatial home for burial began.

The burial even excluded Arua clan members to which Murungi belonged to, while even locals who had been hired to dig the grave were sent away, only to be called later to cover the hole.

The Nation has established that some relatives, including nephews of the deceased, were also sent away, leaving only 8 of the initially intended 20 persons in attendance.

Locals said that this was not a new scenario, as the burial ceremony of Murungi's wife Joyce Ithiru, who died in 2012, was also only attended by 40 people.

Murungi who died last week was not known personally to many locals as he lived most of his life in Nairobi, while his four children; two daughters and two sons were equally unknown.

Before establishing the company in the 80s, Murungi was an employee of the British American Tobacco company, and was popularly known to his frods and locals as 'The Master'.