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Family exhumes kin’s body 4 months after burial

By RUTH MBULA September 29th, 2016 1 min read

A family in Kisii County on Wednesday watched in pain and agony as the body of a man they had mistakenly buried was exhumed.

Residents of Ramasha Location, Masaba South Sub-County thought they had buried Evans Ombati Gesanda’s son, David.

Mr Gesanda’s family was shocked when the Mavoko Law Courts ordered the exhumation after it was discovered that that wasn’t David’s body.

The mix-up of the bodies of Polycarp Zakayo and David Omari occurred at the Shalom Hospital Mortuary in Athi River.

Both died on May 4 after a hit-and-run accident at Mlolongo on Mombasa Road.

“We positively identified our kin, but another family is claiming that we buried the wrong body,” said Assistant Chief Job Ombati, who is Omari’s uncle.

The family has been told that Omari’s body was still at the mortuary.

The exhumation took more than six hours.

“We feared that the body could be missing because there is still a lot of witchcraft in this region. It was a relief to find the body,” said an onlooker.

Mr Maxico Omwenga, a family member, blamed police officers at Kitengela, who reported their relative’s death and supervised the postmortem examination.

“Our son had an identity card at the time of his death. The police officers and the mortuary attendants should have ensured the body was properly labelled,” he said.

On Wednesday, residents expressed their shock.