A family in Kiambogo, Nakuru County has been allowed to exhume the body of their relative they buried 21 years ago.
Nakuru Senior Resident Magistrate Yvonne Khatambi allowed the family of the late Henry Mukuria to exhume his remains and relocate his grave following claims that the grave has been exposed.
“The honorable court is hereby pleased to grant leave to the applicants to exhume the body of the late Henry Mukuria for relocation of his graveyard,” read the order of the Court.
Martha Wambui, daughter and Rebecca Wangui, widow had moved to court seeking orders to exhume the remains of Mukuria.
Wambui and her mother in their application dated October 30, 2019 said the grave of her father had been exposed due to continuous sand harvesting.
Their father had inherited the parcel of land from his parents together with other siblings. The beneficiaries, however, had sold off their legal entitlements to third parties who have utilized the land for commercial purposes, specifically sand harvesting.
She further stated that it will be prudent to relocate the deceased’s grave from the borderline of the sand mines into a more stable area within the same land.
“The grave is currently in a worst condition because it lies along the boundary,” read part of documents filed in court.
The deceased widow, her four daughters and a son as per the application had consented to exhuming the body.
Earlier the family through a letter to the Chief Officer Public health in Nakuru to exhume the remains but they were directed to seek orders from the court.
In the absence of the Court order the public health office could not allow them.
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