The body of Fatuma Maro was exhumed on Tuesday evening, and her grave left open. The suspects took off with the body. The deceased was reportedly buried three months ago at her family home in Mazeras, Mabirikani area.
Land conflict behind exhumation?
Her son, Stanley Lwambi claims the move could have been as a result of a land conflict between the family and a tycoon of Arab origin.
He says the tycoon has been claiming ownership of the land, where their late mother was buried. Lwambi says the family reported the matter to the police, and now hope to get justice.
Rabai Police Commander Fred Abuga confirmed the incident.
“We are yet to get more information on who could be behind the matter and what was his or her motive. Our officers are investigating the matter,” he said.
The police boss further urged the terrified locals to remain calm, and provide intel to assist in the investigations. “This is an unusual incident and that is why we are so much interested in getting to the bottom of the matter,” Abuga added.
‘Kitengela Four’ exhumation
A similar incident occurred recently, where the body of one of the murdered ‘Kitengela Four’ men Elijah Obuong, was exhumed from his uncle’s compound in Siaya County.
Police are looking for his mother, Caroline Obuong, who allegedly colluded with six others in the dastardly act.
“A group of seven people suspected to be from Uyoma, Siaya county came in hearse reg: number not known and invaded the home of Daniel Obudi Ogago of mobile no 0715606869, a resident of Holo village, West Songhor sub-location, and illegally exhumed the body of Elijah Obuong, a nephew to Daniel Obudi,” part of the OB from Koru police station read.
The group allegedly re-buried the empty coffin, then wrapped the decomposing body in a polythene bag and drove off to a yet established location.