Drama as widow, in-laws fight, exhume corpse buried facing wrong direction

Fact that her late husband was not buried facing east, where the sun rises from, upset Pelicia Mbula.

What looked like a mundane argument over the position of a grave in Mung’ala village, Machakos County a fortnight ago spiralled out of control, leading to a nasty fight between a widow and her in-laws.

Fact that her late husband was not buried facing east, where the sun rises from, upset Pelicia Mbula.

So enraged was the widow that she caused a racket, accusing those involved in the burial of disrespecting her late husband, David Wambua.

Her attempts to exhume the body and rebury it properly were thwarted, with her in law threatening to beat her up and kick her out of the home.

So determined was the widow, she moved to court where the Chief Magistrate, Alfred Kibiru issued her with orders to exhume the body and bury it facing the direction of her choice.

According to Mbula, she was so overwhelmed during burial that she didn’t notice those who oversaw the ceremony went against to a long held practice in her community.

“It would be a taboo not to accord him same. I don’t want to be haunted,” she said.

Strangely, the court had time for the case and granted her the orders.

True to form, the body was exhumed and reburied properly.


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