Family stops burial of Murang’a woman, kids ‘killed’ by husband
Relatives say Bernard Kiiru’s employer has crucial information surrounding deaths and forced Teresia Wambui’s father to bury his daughter without postmortem
The family of the woman allegedly killed along with her children by her husband in Murang’a county blocked the removal of the bodies from General Kago Funeral Home on Saturday.
Teresia Wambui, 22, and her two children aged 3 and 1 were allegedly killed last week by her husband Bernard Kiiru, who later committed suicide.
The bodies were to be buried in Kiandutu cemetery. The family accused Kiiru’s employer James Wachira of concealing the circumstances under which the family perished by allegedly tricking Wambui’s father, Christopher Ndirangu, into signing and swearing an affidavit ruling out a postmortem.
“I and the family of the deceased have agreed that we do not need a postmortem and we have no claim to anybody. I swear this affidavit to all concerned authorities to release the body of the deceased to the family for preparation for burial,” read part of the affidavit sworn by Ndirangu on October 27.
The affidavit was taken to Makuyu police station by Wachira and Ndirangu and a burial permit was issued.
Ndirangu’s extended family, however, said they were not informed of plans to cancel the postmortem and the reason behind its cancellation.
“Wachira has been buying Ndirangu drinks since the demise of Wambui, and we don’t know how he convinced the father not to do a postmortem. But we won’t allow the bodies to be buried before we know the cause of the deaths because we are suspecting the family was assassinated,” extended family member John Mbogo said.
After being roughed up by the family members, Wachira said he was paying for the funeral expenses out of goodwill because “the family is poor’.
The bodies are still at General Kago Funeral Home and will be buried once the postmortem is done.
James Wachira (Second Left) is taken to safety by his relatives after he was roughed up by Teresia Wambui’s family