Drama As Angry Mourners Chase Away Gov’t Official From Funeral

Angry mourners on Monday, November 23 chased away an Assistant Chief during the burial of a Covid-19 victim in Siyenga, Kakamega County.

This is afterhad to run for dear life when his attempt to bar mourners from viewing a body proved dangerous.

The incident happened after the local administrator attempted to bar the mourners from viewing the body of Geoffrey Ombira, a retired teacher, who is said to have succumbed to Covid-19.

The area assistant chief, Samson Sambili, was forced to run for his dear life after charged mourners threatened to kill him.

After the administrator ran away, the mourners opened the coffin and viewed the body.

Sambili told reporters that he was concerned that crowding around the body would increase chances of the mourners contracting the disease in case one of them was infected adding that most of them were not wearing masks.

However, the residents defended their move to ignore burial protocols put in place by the Ministry of Health stating that their burial rites demand the deceased body be inspected before burial.

Wycliffe Makhanu, a mourner told the Standard that relatives could not be stopped from inspecting the body and the assistant chief should have known better.

A COVID-19 Test. [Courtesy]
“Our burial rites demand that we inspect the body before burial. The assistant chief comes from Luhya community and should know better,” said Wycliffe Makhanu,.

“You cannot stop relatives from inspecting the body because they might have been given the wrong body at the mortuary. Viewing helps identify the body before it is interred. We have witnessed many cases where families bury wrong bodies and we don’t want that to happen here,” Makhanu added.

A similar scuffle was also witnessed during the burial of former Nairobi County Secretary Robert Ayisi in Ikolomani on Saturday, November 21 after residents demanded to view the casket.

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