A family in Kakamega County has been forced to cancel burial plans after they failed to get their kin’s body from transit in Germany at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport(JKIA).
The family of Slaida Vugutsa, 21, travelled from their Igina village in Lugari Constituency and arrived at JKIA on Tuesday night, with a hired hearse, only to be informed that there was a mix up in the consignment during transit in Germany, and had not arrived.
“It is disturbing that we travelled all the way from Western to receive the body of my sister only to be told it was not on the plane. The staff appeared confused when we demanded to see the body. They later informed our driver that the consignment was left in Germany by mistake,” Patrick Talia, brother to the deceased said.
The puzzled family is now grappling with more losses after the hearse driver demanded that they pay an extra KSh40,000 on top of the KSh60,000 hiring fees due to the delays created.
They had hired a hearse to transport the body to Lugari
“We hired a hearse on Monday so that the team could have time to rest before reporting to JKIA. We were told that the body will be arriving on Thursday night but the hearse owner insisted that we pay Sh40,000 because of the delay,” Talia said.
They suspect that the body might have even not left Saudi Arabia where Vugutsa died. Vugutsa allegedly died on January 29, 2021, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the family of her demise on March 22.
Their mourning period which has lasted more than two months will now continue, saying that they wished to bury their kin and move on with life.
Talia says that his sister allegedly ran away from home in January 2020, after completing her secondary school studies.
Her family intended to enroll her to college shortly afterwards, but “the next thing we heard was that she had travelled to Saudi Arabia,” Talia added.
Vugutsa last made contact with her family in August 2020, until the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reached out, informing them of her horrific death in March 2021, with the agent who facilitated her move there, settling the expenses to bring her body back home.
“Vugutsa, the last born in a family of six, was found dead in a thicket in Saudi Arabia. Some parts of her body were missing, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Talia added.