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 Star (Kenya) - - Counties - JOHN KAMAU @jaykayGm

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.

/JOHN KAMAU

James Wachira (Sec­ond Left) is taken to safety by his relatives af­ter he was roughed up by Tere­sia Wam­bui’s fam­ily

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