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Rude shock as ‘dead’ woman shows up at her funeral

29 January 2015, 16:00 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Drama unfolded at Kanyauma village in Kisumu west sub-county when a woman believed to have died showed up during her burial arrangements.

Family members said they mistakenly picked a body of a woman from Usenge sub-district hospital mortuary in Siaya County believing it was that of their relative who had separated with her ex-husband.

Peter Odhiambo Olweny, husband of the woman who was thought to have died, said the body of the woman was brought last Sunday at dusk, making it hard to view the body due to darkness.

“The body arrived on Sunday at 6pm and we were already making preparations for the burial and everyone was busy. We could not therefore scrutinize to see what was in the casket,” he added.

Odhiambo however confirmed the body was not his wife’s on Monday afternoon when he took time to observe it keenly.

“I confirmed that the body was not Lucy Awino’s when I sat down next to it and opened the casket to view what was inside. This prompted me to dial her number to confirm my suspicions,” he said.

Odhiambo said he was taken aback when his former wife, with whom they had separated for 10 years, picked his phone call and confirmed that she was alive. She said she was in Usenge sub-County at the time she received the shocking news.

Odhiambo then invited Awino to come home to end the suspicion about her death and Tuesday morning, she was shocked to find mourners preparing to bury her on Wednesday.

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An elder said they will have to perform some rituals to “appease the gods” to avoid any calamities in future.

Police in Bondo sub-County have directed the immediate family members to report the matter officially to enable them to take the body back to the mortuary.

Odhiambo was married to Lucy Awino Odemba in 1995 and they sired two male children aged 10 and 7 before separating in 2005.

Odhiambo narrated to the press how he received a phone call from his father-in-law, Mr. Odemba, last Sunday afternoon informing him of his wife’s death.

He said his father-in-law informed him that Awino had been suffering from malaria for three days before she suddenly succumbed last Sunday.

Odhiambo coordinated with his parents and neighbors to make sure preparations to receive the body were in order that Sunday afternoon.

Awino said after leaving her husband, she went to live with her brother who works in one of the beaches at Usenge leaving her two sons with her parents.

She also rubbished reports that she had been ailing saying that she does not even remember the last she got ill.

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