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Boda boda operators dismantle coffin

24 April 2013, 14:37 Oduor Omondi

Drama unfolded at Kisumu District Hospital mortuary Tuesday afternoon when furious boda boda operators broke a coffin into pieces, accusing the bereaved family of buying a substandard coffin.

Trouble started when the family of the late Ken Omondi, 25, a boda boda operator at Obunga estate, arrived at the hospital to pick the body and transport it for burial at his rural home in Ugenya.

However, the rowdy boda boda operators arrived only to express disappointment at the colour, design and type of wood used to make the coffin despite having contributed a substantial amount of money to purchase a decent one.

Quietly, the group left to purchase a white coloured one, which suited their taste as family members made final arrangements to have the body released by mortuary attendants.

The group of over 40 arrived in style, with each motorbike carrying at least three people in a convoy that brought transport along the road to a standstill as they fought each other to take control of the body.

The boda boda operators overwhelmed family members and grabbed the 'sub-standard coffin', which they broke into pieces on the tarmac. Confused members of the public thought they were fighting over the body.

The road between Kenyatta Sports ground and Kisumu District hospital was turned into a battle field, as the fight threatened to get out of hand. Soon after, they grabbed the body and hurriedly carried it on their shoulders in the new, white coffin of their choice.

The scene provided members of the public with drama as the wood and white clothing from the destroyed coffin got strewn all over the road and inside the mortuary compound.

Even the ambulance that was brought in from Nyabondo Mission hospital by a relative to help ferry the body to Ugenya left with some of the relatives on board, as confusion reigned among family members.

Soon after, the home bound motorcade of boda bodas and small cars headed towards Obunga with the crowd wailing, blowing whistles as vehicles hooted relentlessly for others to pave way for the group.

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