An incident in which a family buried their loved one in a school compound in Baringo County has taken a fresh twist.
The school has moved to court seeking orders to compel the family to exhume the body.
Paul Kipchabas was buried outside a classroom at Koroto Day Secondary S and his grave cemented in the dead of night.
The Kipchapas family are embroiled in a land dispute with management of the school. The late kipchapas died on March 23 and was buried at night three days later. It is believed that the motive of cementing the grave was to stop the villagers from exhuming the body, though the family claims its in line with old traditions.
The institution wants the court to order Kipchabas widow, Veronica Mengich, and her son Kimator Ruto to exhume the body and bury it at an alternative site as directed by the public health office.
Documents filed at Senior Principal Magistrate court in Kabarnet says the school management was surprised by the family’s decision.
Koroto Day School was built by professionals from the area. They are said to have raised Ksh3 million through a ‘Harambee’. The aim was to help students from humble backgrounds in Baringo North to continue with their secondary education
One of Kipchapas’ sons said they buried their father according to his wishes. “He said we bury him at his birthplace and cement his grave,” said one of the sons.
The family says they donated a parcel of land for construction of primary school but that for the secondary school was “aggressively grabbed.”
They have vowed not to relent until “justice prevails.”