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James Onyango was buried at night under the watchful eyes of police and public health officers. A suspected Covid-19 victim who died in Siaya was hurriedly buried at night in a bizarre ceremony that left villagers in shock.

Family members said yesterday that James Onyango’s body was wrapped in a body bag and buried at his home in Kamalungi village at 2am under the watchful eyes of police and public health officers.He becomes the first Covid-19 victim in Kenya to be buried in such a manner.

Others have either been cremated or buried in coffins.Since the onset of the pandemic, the government has ordered that dead people be buried within 48 hours. A maximum of 15 mourners only are allowed to attend the burial.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Saturday confirmed Onyango’s death during his daily press updates.

Mr Kagwe said Onyango’s demise has now brought the total number of corona related deaths in the country to eight. He said the number of confirmed cases in Kenya stands at 197.

Yesterday, the sleepy Kamalungi village in Simur, North Ugenya, was in a virtual lockdown as police and health officials hunted for those who may have braved the morning chill to attend the burial.

READ ALSO:   “Exhume our son’s body for decent burial,” family of Siaya Covid-19 victim asks State

Also being hunted were several people suspected to have come into contact with the deceased.Onyango contracted the virus in Mombasa where he reportedly worked with the Kenya Ports Authority.

By yesterday afternoon, several people, including close relatives and employees of Matibabu Medical Centre where he died, had been rounded up and taken into quarantine at the Kenya Medical Training College in Siaya town.

One person suspected to have come into close contact with Onyango, 59, was traced to Corner Legio in Kisumu and immediately taken into quarantine.A senior county health official who sought anonymity said the hurried burial was necessary to minimise multiple infections.

“We were saving those remaining in the family and village,” he said.A brother to the deceased, Zack Onyango, confirmed his brother was buried shortly after 2am.He said the family had already bought a coffin in preparation for the burial but police and health authorities decided to hasten the burial.

Started coughing

He said his brother was admitted at the Matibabu Medical Centre in Ukwala on April 10 after he started coughing.According to a police status report seen by The Standard, Onyango was admitted at 10am and died at 7pm the same day. Specimen taken from his body was then rushed to Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in Kisumu.

READ ALSO:   “Exhume our son’s body for decent burial,” family of Siaya Covid-19 victim asks State

“The hospital was waiting for the results from Kemri before releasing the body. Whether he died of Covid-19 or not, he deserved a decent burial. We even asked police and health officials to allow us bury him yesterday during the day, but they refused,” said Zack.

Reached for comment, Siaya County Commissioner Michael ole Tialal referred this writer to Mr Kagwe, saying he was the only one authorised to comment on Covid-19 matters.

“You are advised to rely on the CS for the confirmation of this matter,” Mr Tialal said.

Yesterday, police and health officials could neither confirm nor deny claims that three of Onyango’s relatives escaped from authorities as they were being led to a quarantine centre.According to the police, Onyango’s death report was received on April 11.

The report says Onyango left Mombasa on April 5 with his wife and two daughters.”On April 5, they slept in Nairobi and on April 6, he was involved in a minor accident at Awasi market and later spent the night in Kisumu,” a police report said.

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TRAGIC: Woman kills self after realising hubby’s plan to get second wife

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A 38-year-old woman has committed suicide in Migori after learning that her husband had a secret lover he was planning to marry.

According to police reports, the body of Pamela Atieno was found dangling from the roof of her house on Friday morning at their rural home in Kameji sub-location, Rongo sub-county.

Chief John Agoro who reported the incident to Rongo Police Station said that Atieno took her life after she learnt that her husband was planning to marry a second wife.

“The deceased reportedly differed with her husband after she learned that he had another lover and was planning to marry her as a second wife,” said Agoro.

Atieno is reported to have left a suicide note to her husband before taking her life.

“I have decided to die because of your secret plan to (marry) another wife,” the suicide note read in part.

Never differed

Michael Ondito, the woman’s husband, however, denied arguing with Atieno, adding that he had gone to the farm only to come and find his wife had killed herself.

“I was called when I was at the farm in the morning but upon reaching home I found the body of my wife hanging on a rope on our doorstep, I was surprised because we had not quarrelled or fought,” said Onditi.

READ ALSO:   “Exhume our son’s body for decent burial,” family of Siaya Covid-19 victim asks State

Chief Agoro, however, condemned the action saying people should find other ways of solving family differences.

“Domestic problems should not lead to people killing themselves. We are supposed to look for guidance and counselling experts,” the administrator said.

Rongo police boss Peter Okiring while confirming the incident said police received the information and went there to collect the body which was transferred to Rosewood Hospital’s morgue.

“We have launched our investigation into the matter but we are yet to confirm the reason why the deceased committed suicide,” said Okiring.

BY Standardmedia.co.ke


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Terence’s wife Milly Chebby savagely attacks troll who called her a hippo

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Terence Creative’s wife Milly Chebby is tired of body-shamers. She’s not giving them a room to pin her down with their negativity.

Well, the mother of one has savagely clapped back at a fan who compared her to a hippopotamus. The fan, identified as Winfred, body-shamed Milly, offering to help her reduce her tummy.

‘Kuja nikuuzie dawa ya kumaliza tumbo 🤔’

Chebby savagely responded and she wrote

‘Uzia mamako.’

Chebby vs troll

Winfred went ahead to troll the YouTuber, comparing her to a hippo.

‘hippopotamus binguni utapata mwili mpya,’ Winfred posted.

The plus-size media personality responded and she wrote,

@wi.nfred3517 Kuja na real account tukuone Beyonce huyu hippo ako tu sawa hivi 🖕.

Milly Chebby

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PHOTOS: DP Ruto, Mudavadi attend Matungu MP Murunga funeral

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Matungu MP Justus Murunga is set to be buried today at his home at Makunda village. He died on November 14.

He collapsed that evening and was rushed to the Matungu Sub county Hospital in the company of his handlers and bodyguard.

The MP was then rushed to St Mary’s Hospital where healthworkers tried to save his life but he died while receiving treatment.

He was taken to Lee Funeral Home where his body was airlifted from today to his eldest wife’s home in Makutano village in Lugari.

The body of Matungu MP Justus Murunga arrives. [Willy Lusige]

It is expected that the body will be buried in accordance to Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines that include pallbearers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

The family had earlier been stopped from carrying on with the burial arrangements after a woman moved to court over the matter.

Milimani court issued the order restraining Murunga’s widows Christabel Murunga and Grace Murunga from conducting the burial, interment or cremation of the body pending the determination of a suit filed by a woman claiming to have been his lover.

The suit was filed by Agnes Wangui, who said she had two children with the MP in a secret relationship.

In her application she alleged that Murunga’s family had conspired to lock her and her children out of the funeral and burial arrangements.

READ ALSO:   “Exhume our son’s body for decent burial,” family of Siaya Covid-19 victim asks State

Murunga, fondly referred to as ‘The Drill’ was born in 1960 and was a manager at  mbakasi Ranging Company in Nairobi before getting elected in 2017.

Present at Murunga’s burial was Deputy President William Ruto, ANC  leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, his Bungoma counterpart Wycliffe Wangamati, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), among others.

BY STANDARDMEDIA.CO.KE


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