Rushed early morning burial angers family, residents

There was drama in Magumu in Kinangop Nyandarua County after a family decided to bury a kin three days before the set burial date.

The hurried burial of 34-year-old Walter Makumi triggered protest from a section of family members and villagers who had settled for next Saturday as the burial day.

According to witnesses, the burial took place in the wee hours of Wednesday without the knowledge of his wife Jane Wanjiru

Makumi who worked as technician at Kihara Hospital in Kiambu died last week due to kidney complications and was set to be buried on November 16.

SEE ALSO :Man buried in his old mattress and blanket

However, his brothers who had a burial permit managed to collect the body without the knowledge of the wife and buried it in their father’s farm in a hushed ceremony.

Following the incident, the emotional Wanjiru and her relatives trooped to the home, but they were kept at bay by their in-laws who termed them as 'strangers.'

According to Wanjiru, trouble started last week when the relatives on two occasions decided to shift the bodies from mortuaries without consulting her.

For More of This and Other Stories, Grab Your Copy of the Standard Newspaper.

Tears rolling down her cheeks, she said that the move was meant to lock her from some property that her husband owned and his relatives wanted to take over.

“We have been married for eight years and have two boys, but I have been locked out of the burial arrangements as they are after my husband properties,” she said.

SEE ALSO :Why Nakuru politicians are buried at night

Magumu Location Chief Ng’ang’a Njuguna said there was little they could do to stop the burial as the family had a legal burial permit. 

Do not miss out on the latest news. Join the Standard Digital Telegram channel HERE.

Get the latest summary of news in your email every morning. Subscribe below

* indicates required
BurialKidney diseaseBody exhumed