There was shock and confusion in Nyaboterere village in Bobasi, Kisii County after a man they believed was dead and buried resurfaced in Nairobi on Friday.
28-year-old Meshack Ondabu Nyambane, a boda boda rider based in Nairobi, suddenly went missing two months and attempts to trace him were futile, according to his family.
After weeks of searching in vain, the family found a body they believed to be that of their kin at the Nairobi City Mortuary.
Ondabu's wife, who works in Saudi Arabia, even flew back home and confirmed that the body was that of her husband and burial arrangements commenced.
It has now emerged that Ondabu was arrested and jailed for blocking motorists and other road users in Nairobi’s central business district on February 14th.
Makadara police commander Judith Nyongesa told reporters that Ondabu was arrested by county askaris and arraigned in a City Hall court, where he was sentenced to two months in prison after pleading guilty to the offense.
Ondabu spent part of his sentence at the Nairobi West Prison before being transferred to Ruiru Prison and was released on Friday after completing his sentence.
"I was coming back to start my boda boda job. I used to operate on the South B/South C route before my arrest," he said.
Through a video call, Ondabu confirmed to his family members back in Kisii that he is still very much alive.
Nyamache OCPD Kipkemoi Kipkulei said they are still waiting for direction from their colleagues in Nairobi before they give a go-ahead to the family for the body of the other man to be exhumed.