Nandi police storm funeral and carry away deceased woman’s coffin

The police fired teargas at the mourners

The police alleged that 62-year-old Sally Jerono Maiyo was ‘unlawfully’ scheduled to be buried on public land, and that they had received orders from ‘relevant’ authorities to ensure it did not happen.

Court order

The law enforcers further claimed they had been directed to evict illegal occupants of the land, which, they said, belonged to the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC).

The police alleged that they had been issued with a court order, which mandated their action. They, however, did not produce it, when the deceased’s family demanded.

It is then that the law enforcers resorted to using teargas to disperse mourners, who had gathered at the funeral. The officers also fired bullets into the air to further scare away the mourners.

They, thereafter, carried Jerono’s body without disclosing where they were taking it.

Taboo

The deceased’s relatives alleged that the police officers had, recently, set on fire sugarcane plantations and houses belonging to ‘poor’ families, who were living on the farm said to belong to the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC).

Jerono’s family say that they were yet to receive her body from the police.

The deceased’s kinsmen say what took place was a taboo, according to the Nandi culture; and that Jerono’s grave will remain open until her body is returned to them.

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