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Family forced to exhume mistakenly buried body

01 April 2015, 18:18 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A family in Githiru village, Nyeri Central sub-county has been forced to exhume a body they mistakenly buried four days ago thinking it was their dead son.

Police and local youths exhumed the body of Peter Ndumia Muchemi from Karangia village in Tetu sub-county that the family had buried thinking it was that of their kin, Luka Muchemi Kibira.

Both bodies had been preserved at Nyeri PGH mortuary and were taken to the morgue the same day, said a family member Grace Wanyeki.

“The two looked alike and were almost of the same age since Muchemi was 28 while Kibira was 32,” said Wanyeki.

She added that both had committed suicide.

Muchemi had hanged himself with a bed sheet and had also taken poison while Kibira had hanged himself with a green rope, thus leading to the mysterious confusion at the morgue.

Wanyeki said it was the Tetu family that identified the morgue attendants had issued them the wrong body ‘since they knew their kin very well’.

Also read: Family buries wrong body, forced to exhume

“We had buried the wrong body on Saturday following a wrong identification. The other family went to court seeking a court order to exhume the body after it was established that their kin was buried in Nyeri Central,” said Wanyeki.

The exhumation exercise was supervised by Nyeri Central OCS Raphael Ngaah.

The body was later returned to the morgue and each family was issued with their respective bodies for burial.

However, it was tiring exercise since the youth were forced to carry the coffin with the body for more than one kilometre due to poor roads at Githiru village.

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