By Caroline Wambui
Drama ensued in Elburgon Town in Nakuru County on Thursday, when mourners carried a deceased resident’s casket and dumped it outside her brother-in-law’s house.
Ruth Wamaitha Njoroge told her relatives that should she die, she shouldn’t be buried until they ensure her brother-in-law, Kuria Mbugua, refunded the Ksh75, 000 he owed her.
Mbugua allegedly owed Wamaitha the money for more than 20 years.
K24 Digital was told that the initial amount of money that Wamaitha had given Mbugua was Ksh155, 000, but he had returned Ksh80, 000 leaving his outstanding debt at Ksh75, 000.
When she was alive, Wamaitha would often say that her son, Simon Njoroge, dropped out of college because Mbugua failed to return the money he owed her.
Simon told K24 Digital that he was a student at Wisdom Institute of Business and Computer Studies in Kinangop, but was forced to discontinue his education due to lack of fees.
Mourners, who had converged at Wamaitha’s home in Mastima Estate, Elburgon, were left confused when they were told the burial could not proceed as planned, and that she would be interred on a new date yet to be announced.
However, word got round that the process couldn’t go on because Wamaitha’s dying wish hadn’t been fulfilled.
The mourners, thereafter, trooped to Mbugua’s home in Kasarani Estate, where a casket, that was believed to contain the body of Wamaitha, was taken.
Joseph Ogetch, Wamaitha’s neighbour at Mastima Estate, told K24 Digital that the deceased operated a shop in Elburgon, and would often complain that her brother-in-law, Mbugua, had failed her, leading to the discontinuation of her son’s education.
“When she was alive, she would say that should she die, her family members and neighbours shouldn’t bury her until Mbugua settles the debt, failure to which, her casket should be dumped on his doorstep,” Ogetch said.
And, in a bid to fulfill Wamaitha’s wish, an empty coffin was dumped at Mbugua’s home.
Area chief, Bethwel Kibe, confirmed the incident, saying Wamaitha’s family had left her body stored at Elburgon Sub-County Hospital morgue.
Police later arrived at Mbugua’s homestead and took the casket away.
Mbugua is yet to address the debt allegations.