Woman in Machakos laid to rest after lying in morgue for 17 years


A family in Machakos can now lay their grandmother to rest after 17 years of battle over a land row. Esther Nzakwa, the 93 year old deceased, died on August 31, 2004. Her body has since remained at Machakos funeral home for 17 years.

Her son, Michael Musau, said on Saturday,” We cried and mourned until our tears dried up. We now feel relieved.” The deceased body was ferried to Musaus compound on Saturday in Mbuani village, Kola, Machakos county. Due to the government’s Covid-19 protocols, the burial took less than an hour.

The family was also escorted by three AP officers who stood guard during the burial. However, the assistant chief of Katanga Josphat Kyungu had difficulties in trying to control the large crowd that wanted to attend the funeral. The land dispute arose due to a disagreement over where the deceased would be buried.

Katanga chief told the reporters that it is the son who instituted the suit in court over the land battle. He said,” The woman’s last born son Musau took the case to court demanding that his mother be buried next to their father’s grave. Their father had three wives. The siblings have been battling in court over the issue.”

During the burial, Musau described his mother as a hardworking farmer, trader, and disciplinarian. ” She used to do business and would travel long distances trading in many kinds of wares. She sold beans and maize”. He also said that she insisted that they should go to school.

Pastor Julius Manthi from Deliverance Church International said that the deceased was an active member of the church, a role model to younger women, and helped the less privileged in society.

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