Gospel singer Ruth Matete has pleaded with the court to compel the Nigerian Embassy to pay the mortuary bill accrued for the period her late husband John Apewadoye’s body had been kept in the mortuary.
Apewadoye’s body has been detained at the Kenyatta National Hospital Mortuary for over three weeks.
Ruth’s lawyer Robert Odanga told the court that the Nigerian High Commission had been frustrating his client efforts to bury her husband.
According to Odanga, it is common knowledge that the body can not be subjected to a second post-mortem as the Nigerian Embassy demanded since the first post-mortem had already compromised the body.
The lawyer went on to say that since the toxicological test results of the body are out, further delaying to release the body for burial is only to frustrate the singer who is still mourning.
So dire is the situation that Ruth Matete is reportedly raising funds from family, friends, and well-wishers.
According to a local daily report, the once Tusker Project Fame winner has, so far, called for fundraisers twice.
She also has launched an M-changa account through which she has collected Sh245, 840 already.
A message on the M-changa reads, “This is an appeal for funds to help Ruth Matete pay her late husband’s medical bill, funeral expenses, and for her new life with her unborn baby.”
Ruth’s appeal comes two weeks after Matete’s family accused the Nigerian Embassy of delaying, the Nigerian national’s burial, even after his family in Nigeria consented to have him buried in Kenya.
Ruth’s lawyer said that the embassy had restricted their effort to remove the body from KNH mortuary despite an autopsy conducted on the body in the presence of four independent pathologists.
Shortly after State pathologist Johansen Oduor released the autopsy results, the Nigerian High Commission ordered the Director of Criminal Investigations to ensure that the deceased’s remains are not released for burial.
Ruth Matete’s husband died as a result of multiple organ failure after he was involved in a gas cylinder explosion accident earlier this year.