In Summary
  • Trouble started at around midday when the body of Ms Ann Wambui was taken from Naivasha Sub-County Hospital mortuary to her home at Muti-ini wa Kenyatta village in Kinangop.
  • Relatives and friends were confronted with a court order stopping the ceremony, as obtained by a neighbour claiming ownership of the one-acre land where the burial was to take place.
  • The family took the body back to the mortuary amid pledges by residents to help them raise funds for the legal battle.

Villagers in Nyandarua County were on Wednesday treated to a whole-day drama when a funeral was stopped due to a land dispute.

Trouble started at around midday when the body of Ms Ann Wambui was taken from Naivasha Sub-County Hospital mortuary to her home at Muti-ini wa Kenyatta village in Kinangop.

Relatives and friends were confronted with a court order stopping the ceremony, as obtained by a neighbour claiming ownership of the one-acre land where the burial was to take place.

Elders tried in vain to resolve the matter so residents staged a protest to Engineer Town to confront a lawyer hired by the complainant.

INHUMANE

Mr John Mwangi, an elder, told the Nation that the relatives and residents were shocked by the turn of events.

He said the alleged property buyer should have consulted them before the funeral arrangements were finalised.

“We met here for about a week to console the family and make the arrangements. She was aware of the death but never raised the issue. Why wait until the arrival of the body? What does she expect us to do with the body and the grave? It's inhumane."

Kinangop burial dispute

Ms Ann Wambui's body is returned to the morgue following a dispute over the land where the grave was dug at Muti-ini wa Kenyatta village in Kinangop, Nyandarua County, September 11, 2019. PHOTO | WAIKWA MAINA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

QUESTIONABLE DEAL

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