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There was confusion at the Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary when two women fought over the body of their husband on Monday.

Christopher Waswa, an elderly man who had two wives and 16 children, died after a long illness at a private hospital a few days ago.

His body was to be taken home for burial when the women began fighting over it.

Waswa, who was a carpenter in Mayanja, Bumula constituency, was to be buried at the elder wife’s homestead in Kabuchai.

The children of his second wife could hear none of it, insisting that the body should be buried at their mother’s place.

Ms Anne Nanjala, a relative of Waswa, told journalists that the second wife caused the chaos yet the family had agreed on where the burial should be.

“The woman and her children showed up at the mortuary with a different vehicle demanding to take the body. That led to a scuffle,” Ms Nanjala said.

She added that trouble started on Sunday when Waswa’s second wife hid his national identity card.

Ms Nanjala said she convinced the woman to surrender the document in order to facilitate burial arrangements.

“I told her that the identity card would be returned after the burial permit and death certificates had been issued to the family,” Ms Nanjala said.

A hearse carrying the remains of a man whose body was being claimed by each of his two wives outside Bungoma Police Station.
Brian Ojamaa | Nation Media Group

A hearse carrying the remains of a man whose body was being claimed by each of his two wives outside Bungoma Police Station.

Brian Ojamaa | Nation Media Group

Caused mayhem

“When we arrived at the mortuary, we did what was demanded of us. The body was cleaned and dressed, ready for the journey to Mayanja where Waswa used to work before it could be taken to Kabuchai. The younger wife and her children arrived and caused mayhem, demanding to take the body.”

Ms Nanjala said the woman, identified as Hillary, picked a rock and smashed the rear windscreen of the van that had the body.

“They wanted the body, saying they are the ones who have been living with Waswa and taking care of him,” she said.

Police officers arrived at the mortuary as the situation threatened to degenerate into a full physical confrontation. They took the warring women and their families to the station.

Ms Nanjala said family members of the first wife feared for their lives because Hillary and her children threatened to ambush the funeral convoy.

Mr Protus Masinde, a cousin of Waswa, said the family sat the two women down and that they all agreed on the Kabuchai burial.

“Clan members asked the second wife to cooperate with the rest of the family. The violence has shocked everybody,” he said.

He said it was unfortunate that the children of the second wife came to the mortuary with their uncle from Uganda and instigated the violence.

Bungoma South police boss Wilson Nanga offered the family of the first wife protection.

They later left for the first wife’s home in Kisiwa village.

by nation.africa


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‘My ex-wife is not my daughter’s mum,’ Pastor Burale clarifies November 23, 2020

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Pastor Robert Burale mistake his ex-wife for being his daughter’s mother, which is not the case. He and Rozinah Mwakideu were married for a year before experiencing a public break up.

At the time, Burale already had his daughter.

“People were saying how can you fight like this and you have a child together. They brought my daughter into a situation where she is not.

“My ex wife is not my daughter’s mother. And many people make that mistake.”

Adding;

“It was public. When we broke up, we didn’t have the luxury of setting things in private, so it was us and many other people who took sides. I was judged as a preacher and a relationship coach. I went through bitterness, self pity, depression and then healing.”

Burale best dressed pastor

Five years later, Burale was triggered after his wife did an interview with a local media house.

“I handled it with a lot of pain. There was alot of bitterness and anger. I do believe my ex wife was misquoted in some of those things. Cause I know some of those things that were said she didn’t say.”

Since then, the relationship coach has kept his relationship on the low key.

by Mpasho.co.ke


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Willy Mutunga’s former wife loses bid to revive divorce suit

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Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga’s ex-wife Beverle Michaele Lax (pictured) has lost a bid to revive a divorce appeal she filed against him in 2015.

The Court of Appeal had initially dismissed Lax’s appeal against a High Court divorce ruling for her lawyer’s failure to pursue it.

She, however, went back, saying her lawyers never informed her that the case was coming up.

But Court of Appeal Judges Asike Makhandia, Jamilla Mohammed and Sankale ole Kantai found that her conduct, while the appeal was pending, did not persuade the court to intervene.

According to the judges, Lax filed a separate case to dissolve the same marriage at a San Mateo County Court in California, US, and never informed the Kenyan court about it.

The court observed that the High Court had finally dissolved the marriage, hence her appeal had been overtaken by events.

“We cannot fathom the reason(s) for this action. Be that as it may, it does again point to the applicant as a person without candour. What the applicant is seeking from this court is really the exercise of discretion,” the judges ruled.

The court found that if Lax was discussing with her lawyers about their pay, they must have informed her about the appeal.

Lax told the court that she came to learn about the dismissal of her case in November last year when she temporarily visited Kenya. She narrated that she only managed to peruse the file on January 24, 2020 and could not have attended court as she was unwell.

She said her then lawyers failed to inform her that if she did not pay their legal fees, they would not attend the court sessions.

“There is no doubt that the applicant was in constant communication with her counsel who were irksome in demanding their legal fees and we therefore find it difficult to believe that she was not informed of the hearing date,”  the judges ruled.

Mutunga opposed her application and told the court he filed a divorce case against Lax in 2009. According to him, the court gave its judgement on July 26, 2012.

Aggrieved with the High Court’s decision, Mutunga said his ex-wife filed an appeal on September 18, 2015, but the case did not proceed out of her delaying tactics.

He explained that when the case came up for hearing on November 18, 2015, Lax sought for Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, who was then a Court of Appeal judge, to withdraw from the bench that was hearing the case.

By Standardmedia.co.ke


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MP’s battle with Covid-19 at home

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On November 2, Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama drove to Naivasha to attend the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting.

Earlier, Mr Arama had taken a Covid-19 test at a health facility in Nakuru after he experienced chills at night.

However, on arrival at the hotel where he was to spend the night, he started experiencing chills again and developed fever, pain in the joints and nausea.

Soon he started experiencing shortness of breath.

He informed his colleagues that he was feeling unwell, and they quickly planned to take him to Nairobi for treatment.

Not able to walk

“When I booked into my room, my body temperature was high and I had chills. It was at that time that I received a phone call from health officials that I had tested positive for Covid-19. I had gone for the test before travelling to Naivasha,” he recalled.

But when he informed the department of health about his plan to travel to Nairobi for treatment, he was counselled and advised by the County Chief Officer of Public Health Samuel King’ori to self-isolate in his house where he would be monitored by medics.

Inside an isolation room in his house, he was put on supplemental oxygen and fed through tubes, with doctors examining him in the morning, afternoon and at night.

“For the past several weeks, I have kept off the public because I was not able to walk, talk or eat after being diagnosed with Covid-19,” said Arama.

After 15 days, he began to feed normally and later tested negative for coronavirus.

“God has been merciful to me. Gasping for air and feeding through tubes was the most trying moment in my life. Actually, this was my first time to feed through tubes and get oxygen support,” he said.

The MP plans to work with community health volunteers, the police and youth to sensitise locals on Covid-19 preventive measures.

He wants to buy at least 20,000 masks to distribute to the needy through local administrators and nyumba kumi members.

Prior to being diagnosed with Covid-19, Arama used to hold a meeting with constituents.

Initially, he used to criticise police whenever they arrested people for contravening Covid-19 protocols.

“At times I would rush to the police station whenever I heard that someone had been arrested, but now I support the police to fully enforce the set containment measures. It is through discipline that we will save the society,” he said.

He said during meetings with constituents he never thought he would contract the virus.

“I take this opportunity to thank God for giving me this second chance to serve Him and the people of Nakuru Town West,” he said.

His message to the public is to wear masks, wash hands with soap and water and avoid crowds.

“We need everyone to put on masks, wash hands with soap and water and avoid gatherings. This is the only way to contain the spread of this virus,” said the MP.

Dedication and courage

Arama applauded health workers in Nakuru, for their dedication and courage in the fight against Covid-19.

“I can confirm to you that Nakuru County has the best health facilities, equipment and qualified medical personnel. I spent two weeks on oxygen support machine, intensive treatment and consistent checkups,” he said.

Health records indicate that the attack rate in Nakuru is 169.2 out of 100,000 population, with a case fatality of 2.2 per cent.

Although the MP was reluctant to reveal the cost of his treatment, a source at the local department of health told The Standard he incurred a bill of Sh51,684 per day because he required supplemental oxygen and his condition was critical.

By Standardmedia.co.ke


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