Police were on Thursday morning forced to hurl teargas at a crowd of mourners, who had flocked to Port Florence Community Hospital demanding to view the body of Late musician Abenny Jachiga, who died of pneumonia at 2am on Thursday, June 11.
After several minutes of playing cat and mouse with the tens of mourners, police managed to overpower the group, which retreated to various estates in Otonglo.
As at the time of publishing this story, uniformed anti-riot police officers had thrown a cordon around the hospital.
Popular Ohangla musician Abenny Jachiga, whose real name is Bernard Obonyo, succumbed to pneumonia at 2am on Thursday, June 11 at St. Jairus Hospital in Kisumu, his close friend and Kisumu’s Kolwa East Ward MCA Steve Owiti told K24 Digital.
The Mano Kasinde hit-maker was taken to the hospital in critical condition on Tuesday, June 9 after developing breathing complications at his home in Chiga, Kisumu East.
Prior to his hospitalisation at St. Jairus Hospital, which is located on the Kisumu-Busia Road, Jachiga, had a few days ago, been admitted at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, where he was treated and discharged.
The musician is survived by a widow and two children (a son who is in Class Three, and a daughter who is in Class Four).
Jachiga has died aged 33.
His body was moved to the Port Florence Community Hospital morgue.
Abenny Jachiga is known for the Luo song Mano Kasinde which is a corrupted word borrowed from English language to mean “her cousin”. In the song, the artiste sings that a section of women nowadays often dupe men by claiming every man they are flirting with is their cousin. The music composition, which was uploaded to YouTube on May 30, 2018, has since garnered over 1.25 million views.
His other songs include: Penzi ni Kama Yai, Maraga Odagi, Nancy Nyar Ugenya, Ayaye, among others.