Drama ensued at Nairobi’s Umash Funeral Home on Saturday after a Nigerian man tried to take the remains of a Kenyan woman he claims to be his wife.
Charles Emedo attempted to get the body of 35-year-old Andear Mwangi without her family’s consent but was stopped. A dispute between the deceased’s family and the Nigerian national over her burial rights has seen the two parties move to court.
“There is nobody that is buried by somebody unknown when the parents and relatives are not aware,” Lydia Mwathathi, the deceased’s mother said.
Andear succumbed to a liver condition while receiving medication at Nairobi South Hospital on September 22nd this year. Until her demise, she had been living with Emedo for nine years and they had three children from the union.
“They have stayed together for some time but they are neither married officially nor customary,” said Lydia.
Lydia claims that the deceased’s grandfather and uncle are working with Emedo to forcefully take the body from them. The deceased family presented the matter in court on October 23rd but Emedo failed to appear claiming that his lawyers advised him against it.
The two parties are scheduled to appear in court on December 5th for hearing with police saying the body will not be moved from the funeral parlor until the matter is heard and determined.