Grave filled back, bodies returned to morgue as burial of family members who perished in Limuru accident fail to take place over land dispute

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 10 Nov, 2021 16:37 | 2 mins read
Family members of the deceased when they viewed the bodies of their kin at Montezuma Monalisa funeral home in Nairobi on Tuesday, November 2. PHOTO/COURTESY.

The burial of three family members who perished in an accident last week failed to take place after a kin moved to court seeking orders to stop the burial over a land tussle.

Hannah Njeri Gichatha, moved to court seeking orders restraining the burial of her stepson William Kamau Gichatha, his wife Jane Njoki and their daughter Everlyn Waithira.

Njeri claims that the land where the three were to be buried belongs to her.

The application which was filed at the Murang’a Law Courts under certificate of urgency indicated that tension was already building up between Njeri’s children and Kamau’s children over the issue.

The application further indicated that there is an active case in the Environmental Lands Court which was filed back in 2006 on this parcel of land No15/Gathukiini/528 and is yet to be concluded.

Principal Magistrate Edwin Nyaga directed that the parties go for hearing of the case on Thursday 11.

Kamau, his wife and two daughters died on Monday after being involved in a grisly road accident in Limuru, Kiambu. They were headed to Nakuru for the burial of their kin.

One of the daughters was buried on Monday at her husband’s home in Kabui Gaturi.

Tension was high on Wednesday morning as it was anticipated that chaos might erupt after the grave where the three were to be laid to rest was filled back at night.

A group of young people went to dig it again and it was filled back. For the second time, another group came in to remove the soil but they were ordered out by the police officers who claimed to be executing the court order.

The family which had vowed to carry on with the funeral proceeded to collect the bodies at the Montezuma Funeral home in Kabati and held a mass at ACK Gakuruwe church after which the bodies were taken back to the morgue.