Woman accused of stealing husband's body from the mortuary

She contravened the court's order to stall the burial, stole the body and buried her beloved.


Jane Mbula, who was the second wife of the deceased, Kisavi Jackson, was charged along side her son and a mortuary attendant at the Coast General Hospital after contravening an appeal court order that had stopped the burial as requested by Jackson's first wife Ruth Munee Kisavi.

According to the dailies, the conflict arose after Jane and Ruth could not agree to where the deceased who passed on in December should be buried.

The first ruling of the case as given by Senior Resident Magistrate, Edgar Kagoni, had allowed Mbula to marry her husband at their home in Mbooni as long as Ruth was allowed to participate in the burial arrangements.

However, on 4August Ruth appealed the ruling and filed an application before Senior Principal Magistrate Francis Kyiambia and successfully obtained an order to stop the burial. She argued that according to Kamba customary law on burial, she was the one entitled to bury her husband because she was his first wife.

Still, this did not stop Jane. On 15 August Jane buried her husband against the court's will and the following day Ruth acquired a warrant for Jane's arrest.

She was charged on the 21 of August.


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