Kenya officials exhume man’s body to retrieve uniform


Officials in western Kenya have exhumed the body of a local man to strip him of the uniform he was buried in, according to reports. Martin Shikuku Alukoye was buried in his full Kakamega County Youth Service uniform after drowning this month.

Local officials then exhumed the body to retrieve the uniform, despite opposition from his family. His widow, Jacqueline, told BBC Swahili she was shocked and said the exhumation has made her suffering worse. “This has piled on the misery I am going through, and my children are still young, since I was born I have never experienced such,” she said in an interview. “I would like to request them to leave me in peace”

Mr Alukoye’s uncle said they had violated “the laws of the land and the laws of our forefathers”. “We had fully involved the county government in the burial arrangements and they never resisted our proposal to bury [him] in his work regalia,” Francis Mutamba said, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.(BBC)…[+]