Two families forced to exhume relatives bodies three weeks after burial

Two families forced to exhume relatives bodies three weeks after burial
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Two families in Bondo and Rarieda Constituencies, Siaya County were forced to exhume the bodies of their relatives almost three weeks after burial, after it emerged that there was a mix up at the mortuary.

Residents of Nyawita sub-location in Bondo and Masala sub-location in Rarieda were engulfed in shock as the bodies of the two women were being exhumed concurrently.

The bodies of 100-year-old Leonidah Ogango and 31-year-old Heline Awuor were exhumed under tight security of the police following a court order that was obtained by the family of the granny.

Assistant Chief of Nyawita sub-location Mr. Ayub Ogola, told Citizen Digital that Mrs Ogango’s relatives went and obtained the court order after discovering that they had buried a different person.

He stated that residents of Nyawita sub-location thought they had buried the body of the 100-year-old Leonidah Ogango yet it was that of 31-year-old Heline Awuor who was supposed to be buried in Rarieda.

According to the assistant chief, the mix-up of the bodies of Leonidah and Helida Awuor occurred at the Lwak Mission Hospital Mortuary in Rarieda sub-county where the two bodies were all returned for re-identification and eventual release to their rightful places of burial.

Mr. Ogola, who confirmed the exercise that took about four hours, stated that the exhumation of the bodies, re-identification and reburials were all done on Saturday night.

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