A family from Kirwiro Village in North Imenti Sub-County in Meru County, Kenya was forced to bury a banana stem after they were given a wrong body by Consolata Mission Hospital in Nkubu.
According to e-daily, The now-deceased had been ailing for a while, before succumbing to his illness – and the burial date was set for Monday, January 9.
However, when the family went to take their loved one’s body, they were given a different one, leaving them confused.
And since they had already identified a burial site – and dug a grave, the ceremony had to continue nonetheless, only that they wouldn’t bury the wrong body, but a banana stem. This is according to Meru culture, says Dorsa Mugambi, the deceased’s kinsman.
The practice of burying a banana stem when a loved one’s body is missing, according to Meru culture, is believed to ward off ghosts from haunting a family that did not bury their kin on a date that had been set for the ceremony, especially when a grave had already been dug.
According to the deceased’s relative, Lydia Kendi, Consolata Mission Hospital in Nkubu was to blame as it failed to produce their loved one’s body, yet his body had been preserved at the facility.
According to another family member who spoke to eDaily, Consolata Mission Hospital has asked them to go collect their loved one’s body from the hospital on Tuesday 5pm following successful identification, which took place early Tuesday.
The deceased’s family had vowed to sue the hospital for giving them a wrong body, even after spending a chunk of money on preserving their loved one’s body at the facility.
The family further added it would seek compensation from the health facility since relatives and friends, who came from far and wide, had incurred transport and accommodation expenses, yet what brought them to the Kirwiro Village home did not materialize.
The deceased’s family members have, however, withdrawn their threat (temporarily), saying if they’d be given their loved one’s body Tuesday evening, they won’t pursue legal action against the hospital.
The victim, a mother of one, who is now in a hospital, narrated that the woman who is her husband’s mistress visited her at her workplace and engaged her in a fight over her husband, bit off her ear lobe and swallowed it.
While speaking on the incident, Washeko said:
“She laughed at me saying she had taken my husband away. I got angry and we began fighting. She bit my ear and swallowed the piece.
I don’t know what is wrong with my husband because whenever he comes back, he complains that he is sexually starved and hungry. He acts very abnormally.
His parents have asked him to end the relationship with the 40-year old woman but my 27-year old husband has refused to heed their call,” she said.
The injured woman said she has reported the incident to police and is waiting for the police to get into action and arrest her attacker and bring her to book.
A man from Likoni in Mombasa County, Kenya, suffered serious burns after his wife threw hot cooking oil on him on Sunday, December 25.
According to eDaily, Evelyn Atieno had accused her husband Bruce Omondi of infidelity – and on the fateful day she bought two liters of cooking oil from a shop, boiled it and poured it on his head, chest, and private parts before escaping.
Confirming the incident, Likoni OCPD Willy Simba said police are looking for Atieno, who remains at large.
A Kenyan woman from Othaya’s Kiriaini area, Murang’a County, whose real identity has been concealed — is talk of the town after her fifth husband, like his predecessors, recently died rather mysteriously, SDE reports.
A local revealed that despite the fact she looks harmless, the 47-year-old grocer could be the most dangerous woman in the county. So much so that she is currently a marked woman who is only discussed in hushed tones.
Despite her ‘to-die-for beauty’ as far as village standards are concerned, men have shunned her, fearing falling victims like all her previous four husbands. Some women, too, now treat her with suspicion.
“It’s not clearly known how many other men she has only been involved with romantically and died. But so far, those she got married to or cohabited with as husband and wife at different times are five and all died mysteriously or tragically. Currently, no man can dare seduce her, despite her beauty,” said James Mwangi, a local who is familiar with the strange tale.
Reportedly, her first husband, a peasant, met his Maker in the early 90s after allegedly being gored by a raging bull. Like any other widow, the woman grieved bitterly, with friends and relatives comforting her.
With her child from that marriage, she remarried a local shopkeeper who was later abducted, only for his corpse to be dumped by the road side in the locale. Sadly, this was even before they sired a child with him.
Interestingly, she never gave up. She reportedly still got married to yet another third man much later. Unfortunately, that husband, with whom she had two children, is alleged to have — surprise, surprise — died of a heart attack while digging in his shamba.
Her subsequent man, whom she never married per se, but only cohabited with as husband and wife, resulting into two more children, is the latest to go. It is alleged that he passed on following short illness. The widow is now living with her five children from the unions.
“There are also rumours that a man she casually dated, but neither officially married nor sired any child with before the latest case, died after he was involved in a grisly road accident with a matatu while cycling downhill,” said Mwangi. Word doing rounds is that the woman could be responsible for the deaths of her husbands. She, however, has never been neither arrested nor charged by the authorities over any of her dead husbands.
“It’s not clear whether she kills her men to inherit the little property they own or she is just jinxed or hers is a case of sheer sad coincidences,” said Mwangi, adding that it’s only police who can launch an investigation on the matter to unravel the mystery.
Black day in Kenya as mourning the death of loved ones after a tanker exploded in Naivasha last night.
40 people are believed to have died in a horrific accident after a tanker carrying highly flammable chemical lost control and rammed into a number of cars at Kinungi, Naivasha. The tanker is said to have exploded on impact, causing a fireball that engulfed nearby cars.
The accident involved a fuel tanker and 14 other vehicles near Kinungi trading center, Naivasha.
He claims that his son Pius Mutua Mwenga, step-daughter Magdalene Mukami Mwenga and Joseph Kalunde, the MCA of Mutituni/Ngelani ward in Machakos County, secretly buried his wife who died on December 19, 2015.
The body of Jedidah Wamaitha Kinyanjui — the mother of his three children — had been lying at Machakos Funeral Home until the three took it just to frustrate him.
Mavua says his wife might have died of lung cancer because of her excessive smoking. Mavua sired three children with her, namely Anastacia Kalondu, Mathew Mwenga and Pius Mutua.
In an affidavit, he further claims his son and step-daughter together with the politician placed her obituary in newspapers without mentioning him as their father.
He said there are evil plots to dispossess him of his property.
Mavua had put a court order barring her burial until the trio handed over a title deed of land which occupies his matrimonial home parcel No. Mitaboni/Mutituni/1753.
In court documents filed at the Machakos Chief Magistrate’s Court, Mavua says he married Jedidah in 1956, bought the land and planted coffee and bought cattle.
“I was living in the house until 1978, when I was transferred by the government to Kilifi County while working as pharmacist, and left my wife in charge of the homestead,” says Mavua.
He adds in his affidavit: “It is while returning to my home after retirement in 1993 that I found out that my wife had sold all the cattle and abandoned the coffee plantation.”
He says he received a letter from one of his son’s in-law written by his wife saying he would be arrested if he tried accessing the homestead, arguing he had abandoned her.
Mavua denies abandoning his wife and children claiming he only was transferred to Kilifi and even educated his children up to ‘A’level.
Mavua sued his son Pius Mutua Mwenga at the Machakos High Court in 2013 demanding the title deed.
A man identified as Michael Cheruiyot, has been beaten up by angry resident who caught him trying to kill himself.
According to SDE, when locals in Chebwagan, Kericho County, Kenya, heard Michael Cheruiyot, perched atop a tree and armed with a rope, wailing and threatening that he was just about to kill himself last Monday evening, they were not amused.
After unsuccessfully trying to forcefully pluck him off the tree, they begged him to climb down, only to beat the hell and devils out of him for cracking such a terrible practical joke.
SDE reports that Cheruiyot, who is now nursing serious injuries from the beatings, is a notorious drunk in the village. He is also said to be a dramatic character, infamous for chanting obscene circumcision songs and s*xually harassing local women on his way home from local drinking dens.
However, on this day, what he had envisioned as the best dramatic stunt to force his two brothers to give him all his tea bonuses miserably backfired, leaving him with egg all over his face.
“They had withheld some of his money from the family tea farm for safe keeping, fearing that he may blow it away on alcohol. A drink they claimed was his Achilles heel that had seen his wife desert him,” said Isaac Komen, a neighbour.
After scratching his head for the best trick out of the bag to get all his money, he arrived at the reckless idea of threatening them to pay up by stage-managing a suicide attempt.
After taking liquor, he bought a rope and found himself a vantage point on a tree around his home and began threatening to hang himself.
“He tied the rope around his neck, fastened it on a branch and made his intentions known by, among other things, loudly shouting, ‘the sons of hell have taken my money! They can now go ahead and use it to educate their children! I am ready to die yada…yada… yada…’ in mother tongue,” said Komen.
Panic-stricken members of his family and neighbors rushed to the scene, trying to stop him in vain. According to Komen, the suicidal man began lecturing them, rather sarcastically, on why he’d rather die than live with brothers who perpetually discriminate against him.
After efforts to reach him and forcefully get him down the tree proved futile, locals resorted to begging, telling him how his family still needed him.
“He maintained that he was going to hang himself unless his brothers gave him all his money. He had to be begged to perish the thought and climb down with promise that they were to go together to a nearby ATM and ensure he gets all his money,” said Komen.
With no clue what really awaited him, he climbed down the tree, only for irked locals to pounce and unleash terror on him for entertaining suicidal thoughts, risking tainting the village’s good name and wasting villagers’ time.
His own kin had to save him from the furious mob. He has since been counselled and promised to change his ways.