Families complain over poor handling of Garissa victim bodies
08 April 2015, 19:32
Nairobi - Families are complaining bitterly that the bodies of their loved ones who died in the Garissa University attack are poorly handled.
The 148 bodies have all been taken to the Chiromo mortuary in Nairobi where the process of identification has been taking place since the attack took place Thursday last week.
Families are now unhappy that the bodies, which are now a week old have been kept without treatment and are decomposing at a fast rate.
They have now asked the government to speed up the process of releasing the bodies for burial.
" We are asking that the government speed up the process so that we can bury our loved ones," Vincent Ngunjiri, cousin to Jeff Macharia who died in the attack told News24.
Others said that the bodies were kept haphazardly and that it was vital something be done to ensure they do not decompose further.
A mortuary attendant however told News24 that the reason for the bodies being kept in their current state was due to the sheer volume of work and the government's insistence not to release bodies quickly.
" It is not our fault because once identified, the bodies should be released but the government is taking its time," the attendant that did not want to be named said.
The government Wednesday afternoon started releasing bodies of the dead after the identification process was mooted as close to being completed.
It had earlier stalled on release as it aimed not to create confusion over the bodies from families.
Thus far, only 11 of the 148 bodies were yet to be positively identified.
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