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Family shocked as woman buries mother alone

A woman buried her late mother in the wee hours without the knowledge of her relatives.

Ms Jane Kwamboka secretly interred the body of 90 year-old mother Pascaliah Matara at Nyamanagu village in Kisii County on Friday against the wishes of her siblings and other relatives who had planned to bury her elsewhere.

Mr Thomas Ochieng’i, Matara’s oldest son, said: “We had planned to bury our late mother at Matutu village, where she had lived all her life.”


He now wants the body exhumed for a “proper burial” and is seeking a police permit to exhume the body.

The late Matara died earlier on this week at her daughter’s home in Kapkatet, Kericho County.

“She had gone to Kapkatet in Kericho County to visit my sister. Unfortunately, she died. When we asked her where the body was, she took us in circles,” said Mr Ochieng’i.

“We informed the police to whom she opened up. We realized that she had not told us the truth, but it was too late,” he added.

Neighbours said no one, other than Ms Kwamboka and the undertakers, attended the burial.


Mr Christopher Ogecha, the elderly woman’s brother said it was a disgrace to their family and that his sister deserved a decent send off.

“My sister did not deserve to be buried like she did,” Mr Ogecha said.

Mogirango sub-chief Nahashon Misiocha told said that he gave the go ahead to have the woman buried.

“Elders and the family agreed that she be buried at her home in Nyamanangu village. I gave the go ahead for the burial to take place. Nothing was done in secret,” said Mr Misiocha.