The families of the two men whose bodies were recovered from River Yala, will be forced to wait even longer to bury their kin whose bodies are lying at Yala sub-County Hospital mortuary.
Both families travelled hundreds of kilometres with hopes of giving their deceased kin a fitting send-off, only to encounter complications related to pending fees and unfinished paperwork.
For the family of one of the deceased, Peter Mutuku, it has been a gruelling three-day wait after travelling over 400 kilometres from Kangundo.
“We’ve already prepared for the funeral to lay Peter to rest tomorrow. And there are people waiting for us. We are just requesting that they just release the body,” said Lucia Mutindi, mother to the deceased.
The biggest hurdle is a requirement for approval from DCI to release the bodies. A similar predicament the family of Philemon Cheruiyot find themselves in.
“We are still waiting for the postmortem report,” said Ben Chepkwony, brother to the deceased.
“We were expecting the fees for the mortuary to be waived by the government. But when we arrived we were told to pay. We are now stranded,” added Gilbert Chepkwony, a relative to the deceased.
Philemon and Peter’s bodies were two among more than 20 found in the River Yala.
The shocking discoveries have raised questions on what led to the deaths of the individuals, many of whom are yet to be identified.
Peter Mutuku is expected to be buried at his Kangundo home in Machakos County on Friday, while Philemon Cheriyuot’s funeral has been set for Saturday.