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Land tussle delays man's burial for five years

17 December 2014, 16:00 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The body of a 30-year-old man who had stayed in mortuary for five years due to land tussle was finally buried Tuesday night at Gathaithi village, Mathira Nyeri County.

Christopher Mbatha’s body has been lying at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital mortuary since 2010 after the family was involved in a land dispute that has been settled by a Nyeri High Court.

The mourtury bill had accumulated up to KES 600 000, which was cleared through a fundraising drive and assistance from the County Government of Nyeri.

The court ruled that the body be buried at the 10-acre piece of land which has been at the centre of controversy.

The mourners broke into songs and dance instead of mourning outside the morgue when the body was released for its final journey.

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The family had camped at the morgue since 10.00am and immediately after the body was released seven hours later, the family broke into celebrations before heading to Gathaithi village over 60 kilometers away to inter their loved one.

Mbatha’s father, James Macharia alleged that his son died under mysterious circumstances over matters of land and there have been many court appeals.

He claimed that the deceased had sustained serious injuries after he was attacked by a family member.

He was admitted in hospital and after he was discharged, his body was later found hanging on a tree.

Macharia further claimed that one suspect was arrested and jailed for four years but before completion of the jail term, he was released under unclear circumstances.

He said when the family was preparing for burial in year 2010, they were served with a court injunction few hours before the burial service began.

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