Body of a woman exhumed in KES 1M dowry dispute
22 January 2014, 14:40
Nyeri - The body of a woman who was secretly buried by her brother on Monday has been exhumed barely a day after the funeral in a dowry dispute.
The bizarre incident occurred at Kwa-Joseph village in Tetu sub-County, Nyeri.
The body of 60-year-old Juliet Wachera was exhumed after her husband, Micheal Gitahi Mucheru, obtained a court order arguing that his rights would be violated if the body of his wife remained interred in her brother’s land despite being legally married to him.
Wachera died on January 2, 2014 at the United States of America where she lived with her husband but her brother, John Kaguo Wang’ondu, took away her body from Montezuma Monalisa funeral home and hurriedly buried it.
Sources revealed that Kaguo was angered by the fact that Gitahi had not paid bride price hence he could not be allowed to inter the body at their matrimonial home in Murang’a County.
Reportedly, Kaguo wanted Gitahi to pay one million shillings as bride price so as to be granted the burial rights.
Mucheru however said his in-laws took the body of his wife from the mortuary and buried it without involving or informing him.
He claimed that he had been legally married to the deceased for the last 25 years and therefore he had all reasons to accord her a decent send off.
He added that they had obtained a certificate of marriage on March 9, 2013 at the Common Wealth of Virginia.
According to villagers, the burial ceremony was conducted in less than one hour for reasons they could not understand.
Shocked villagers watched from a distance in dismay as the body was exhumed under tight security from police officers.
The brother-in-law, Kaguo, took off when the officers arrived but he was overheard claiming that his late sister was worthy hundreds of millions and hence as a family they could not let go off her body.
The body was removed to Nyeri funeral home pending determination of who has the rights to bury it.
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