Bungoma family wants head of their kin who died in Malawa


A family in Lukhokhwe village, Bungoma county has petitioned a transport company to give them the head of their relative who died in Malawi and his body brought back without the head.
Geoffrey Khaemba, who was working in Malawi as a long-distance driver is said to have been involved in a road accident.
Khaemba’s father Binon Wasefu maintained that they won’t bury the body until the head is found and given to them.
“I want my son’s head back so that I can accord him a decent sendoff. Traditionally, we cannot bury a body with no head,” said Wasefu.
Khaemba who was working with Exotank Transport Company left home on August 18 for work to Mombasa and informed his family that he transported some cargo to Malawi.
Two days later the company called the family to inform them of his demise.
“On August 21, I received a report from the company that he had been involved in a road accident and died on the spot,” said Khaemba’s wife Susan Nasimiyu.
Nasimiyu said after receiving the body at Namanga, they left to Nairobi where the company management discouraged their attempts to view the body, insisting that they do it at home.
“We headed that night to the morgue in Kiminini arriving there at 7am and to our greatest shock when we unsealed the cargo, the body was lying in a casket with a missing head.”
The family is accusing the firm of giving them the headless body without informing them of what happened. There was no clear indication on the whereabouts of the head from the company either, said Nasimiyu.
“The company has gone silent on the matter, but I won’t bury my husband without a head,” she said.
The deceased’s mother Angelina Namaemba said Khaemba was her only son and asked for help contacting the Malawian government to get the head.


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