By Mary Goretty Juma
Siaya County Police Commander Francis Kooli has denied reports circulating on social media that the body of James Oyugi Onyango — the COVID-19 victim who was buried in the dead of night — has been exhumed.
Reports suggesting that Onyango’s remains were disinterred Monday night gained traction online when exiled political activist Miguna Miguna took to Twitter to allege that the deceased’s village mates in Ukwala disentombed his grave to protest the cruel manner the Kenya Ports Authority employee, 59, was buried last Sunday.
“James Oyugi Onyango’s village mates in Siaya have exhumed his body from the barbaric shallow grave where he was dumped like a dog yesterday (Sunday, March 12). The people have demonstrated that dignity is paramount,” said Miguna Miguna.
K24 Digital reached Siaya police boss Francis Kooli to confirm or deny the allegations made by Miguna and other online users.
“The reports are false. It would be an offence for anyone to exhume the grave without the presence of police or health officers,” he said.