Family of Kenyan man who died in Malawi yet to bury headless body

Family of Kenyan man who died in Malawi yet to bury headless body

The family of a Kenyan man is in distress as they are yet to bury the body of their kin because the head is still missing.

The deceased, Geoffrey Khaemba, was a father of two and is alleged to have died in a road accident in Malawi.

The 42-year-old from Bungoma County had been working with Exotank Transport Company.

According to his wife Susan Simiyu, he left their home in Lukhokhwe village, Tongaren on August 18, 2019 for work in Mombasa.

He called her the next day saying he had been assigned a job to transport cargo to Malawi.

All was well until September 1 when she received a phone call from the company informing her that her husband had been involved in a road accident and died on the spot.

The family was told that the company would make arrangements to transfer the body back to Kenya.

A week later, the body arrived at the Namanga border point and was transported to Nairobi by a driver from Exotank.

Reports indicate that the family was unable to view the body as they were told that it had been sealed for secure transportation.

According to Susan, the body was moved to Kiminini morgue in Bungoma and it is here that all hell broke loose.

Upon arrival at the morgue for viewing at 7am the next morning, they discovered that the body was without a head.

When they inquired from the driver,  he claimed that he was unaware of the state of the body as he had only been instructed to deliver it to the family.

Susan says that in Busuku tradition, a body cannot be buried without the head as it symbolizes the leadership of the home.

The family is pleading with the Kenyan Government to assist them get the missing body part so that they can bury their kin.

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Story By Namisi Cheptai
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