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Kenyan chief threatens legal action, after officials exhume man’s remains to remove service uniform

Kenyan chief threatens legal action, after officials exhume man’s remains to remove service uniform

Tongues have been sent wagging in the western part of Kenya after officials exhumed the body of a local man just to strip him of the uniform he was buried in.

According to reports, the late Martin Shikuku Alukoye was buried in his full Kakamega County Youth Service uniform after drowning this month, which did not go down well with his former employers.

His body was later exhumed from his grave site by officials of the County Youth Service following an order, despite opposition of the family of late Martin, who said the officials carried out the act without their permission or a court order.

According to Martins’ uncle, the officials had violated “the laws of the land and the laws of our forefathers”.

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“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.

The assistant chief of the Ituti area, Daniel Namayi, condemned the exhumation as he threatened legal action against the officers.

“Once a body has been buried, it requires anyone with a complaint to get a court order in order to exhume it. The county administrators have gone against the law in recovering [the] clothing,” he told the Daily Nation.

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