A man in Meru was forced to spend the night at a police station on a rainy night with the dead body of his wife.
The man together with his friends and family, around 30 people, had travelled to Meru from Malindi to bury his wife. They were apparently cleared and even has his clearance papers but upon reaching Meru they were stopped at a police roadblock.
After being stopped, the man was asked to go to the police station while the rest of the people on the bus were asked to return to Malindi.
“We arrived at the Keeria border checkpoint at 11 pm on Thursday, May 28, where police stopped the bus and ordered all passengers out of the bus. After a lengthy discussion, all my relatives and friends were forced back to Malindi. I was left alone with the casket which was offloaded from the bus and put in a police car,” said Mwenda.
Upon arriving at the station, with the dead body of his wife, the man was abandoned by the officers and had to spend the night outside. Apart from the cold, it started raining and the poor man decided to push the wife’s coffin under a lorry to avoid it being soaked.
“The body of my wife was offloaded from the police vehicle and put by the road. They refused to take me home which is five kilometres from the post. Since it was raining, I had to put the casket under a lorry at the station,” he said.
The police said that they didn’t understand how the man and his family were cleared to travel from Malindi given that a few counties were put under restricted movement over Coronavirus. Also, there were about 30 people in that bus who had travelled all the way to Meru for a burial ceremony but the government only allowed for 15 people to attend such social gatherings amid the pandemic.
“It is worrying that the 31 people were allowed to travel for a burial yet it is known that only 15 people should attend public gatherings. Our officers will ensure the burial takes place under laid down rules,” Meru County commissioner Machari said.
“They were using a letter by a Kilifi Sub-County Police Commander to secure passage along the way. However, they never took a Covid-19 test as advised by the ministry of health. We could not allow them to risk the lives of Meru residents,” Inanga said.
The man was allowed to lay his wife to rest., alone, and was asked to Quarantine himself for the next 14 days.