The family of a man whose body has been lying in the morgue for more than seven years got a reprieve after a Kisumu court ruled in their favour in a case over a disputed land.
Barack Ogada Ouko died in May 2014 and the family’s woes began the same month when they tried to bury him in their ancestral land in Tieng’re K’oranda village.
The burial was stopped by one James Onunga accompanied by police officers claiming the parcel of land was his.
The body was returned to the morgue however, in 2017, the family received a court order and went ahead to bury their kin in the same land.
But two months later, the land claimer in the company of police officers armed with a court order visited the home and exhumed the body, saying he would not allow anybody to be buried in his alleged land.
Early this month, the court ruled in favour of the deceased’s family where the court noted that the plaintiff had failed to prove his case.
The body was today released from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Mortuary to his home in Tiengre in Kisumu West for his burial arrangement which will be carried out tomorrow.