Mzee Peter Kihagi died in Mukurwe-ini Subdistrict Hospital in Nyeri, and his body is in the morgue after his cousin Charles Wangungu obtained an injunction that stopped the burial at his home in Gichira Village. Tetu.
On Monday, however, relatives and friends finally buried Kihagi.
This is not the first time that the family has gotten into such a predicament – in 1992, Kihagi’s mother , Beatrice Waihuini, died and was never buried by the family for the same reason.
Relatives said they did not know where the matriarch was buried, suggesting that she may be from the county council in a. Mass graves were buried, as happens when state morgues dispose of unclaimed corpses. The family feared the same fate would happen to their father’s remains.
With the bills mounting and the family exhausted, they turned to their neighbor, Mr. Stephen Muriithi, for a petition Place to bury loved ones one.
“It was agony, mentally and financially. A very painful experience. We didn’t want what happened to our grandmother to repeat itself,” said Ms. Beatrice Wambui, Kihagi’s daughter.
“It is important that we as a family know where our father is buried. And the possibilities were slim. He brought us here and we didn’t know where else to go could bring him, “she added.
” We are very grateful. My father died waiting for the verdict on this case, “said Ms. Wambui.
Mr. Muriithi was born in December addressed.
“I’ve already divided my yard and assigned to my sons, so I had to consult them before making a decision. I gave them the idea when they came over the Christmas break and they didn’t mind, “said Mr. Muriithi, who is over 70 years old.
” We went to the area manager and district official and we had an agreement and the funeral date was set to avoid future disputes, “he said.
He stated that he had agreed to have his decade-long neighbor buried in his house because he was sad about what happened to his mother.
“I’m still very stressed about the previous incident and I didn’t want it to be repeated – where we throw it away just because he is dead. We have to be decent and treat other people like people, dead or alive. People need to be more compassionate, “he added.
The message was echoed by various speakers during the funeral, who scourged Mr. Wangungu for blocking the funeral.
Order the Stop funeral
Mr. Wangungu, who did not attend the funeral, said he had inherited the land from his father Gathuma Kagumo.
When Chief Justice Ruth Kefa issued the order that Stopping the funeral, she dismissed claims that the property was his ancestral land.
“The complainant was able to demonstrate the damage he would suffer if the injunction to end the funeral were not issued “said Ms. Kefa.
While seeking the injunction suing Kihagi’s widow, Ms. Cecilia Wanjiku, Mr. Wangungu told the court that the deceased’s family had no rights to the property because the lawsuit has already been decided The lawsuit regarding the estate registered as Aguthi / Mung’aria / 206 has been in court for 36 years and has been brought to ore twice.
The case was first opened in 1985 Brought before the court in Nyeri before being referred to arbitration tribunal. Kihagi’s mother Waihuini had sued her eldest brother Gathuma for not sharing the land with his siblings.
She was suing along with her other brother, Mr. Daniel Ngunjiri. However, she died before the matter was settled.
Since then, the matter has not been resolved, which sparked the current dispute.