Burial of two brothers in Thika postponed over mysterious post-mortem
A planned funeral for two deceased brothers at Komo village in Thika, Kiambu County was postponed after the family discovered their bodies had been gravely mutilated.
The bodies of Stephen Njoroge, 52, and his younger brother Francis Karanja Kanyari, 42 were set for burial at their remote village on Saturday, December 17 after a week-long mourning.
The two are said to have died of cholera after eating a fish from the contaminated river Komo, which has recently been turned into a raw-sewage dumping site by exhauster operators.
When family members went to pick up their bodies at the General Kago mortuary where they had been stored, they discovered that a postmortem had been performed on their bodies without the approval of all family members.
A son of the deceased, John Njoroge, informed journalists that he awoke early to prepare his father’s body for burial, only to discover that sections of his father’s body had been severed.
He claimed that efforts to obtain the father’s postmortem reports from the mortuary were ineffective, but he later discovered that one of his aunties went behind their back to pursue the exercise.
He bemoaned the fact that the auntie had requested the autopsy without their knowledge and with the ulterior goal of moving Njoroge’s land records into hers.
It is claimed that the auntie has been involved in a long-running land dispute with Njoroge and has attempted to seize it on numerous occasions.
Gladys Wangui, the deceased’s wife, stated that they reported the incident to the police, who advised them to agree on a course of action but advised them to explore the cause of Njoroge’s death.
On her part, Nelius Njeri, Karanja’s wife, said doctors told them the two brothers died of cholera and were puzzled why their sister-in-law requested another inquiry.
Another family member, Francis Karanja, revealed that they were willing to wait up to two weeks for the burial to take place after the famed sister informed them that autopsy results will be released.
Following an increase in Cholera cases in Kiambu County, people have urged Governor Kimani Wamatangi to act and ensure that all households have access to clean, safe water.
A month ago, Wamatangi banned food hawking to try and control the Cholera situation in the county.