A granny whose body has been lying in Machakos morgue for 17 years. PHOTO/COURTESY

By Betty Luke

The body of Esther Nzakwa Kitivo that has been lying at Machakos Funeral Home for 17 years, due to land conflicts involving her matrimonial home, has been buried pending determination of an ongoing court case.

Nzakwa died in August 2004 at the age of 93 years but burial could not be conducted due to the land tussle that was being discussed comprehensively. No decision has been made to have her kin take over the ownership of the contested land.

The family now calls upon the government and well-wishers to assist offset the hospital bill that has since piled to over Sh3 million.

A court on March 28, 2014, declined to let the body be buried in her matrimonial land saying the court could not rely on traditional customs as a testimony to decide where she could be buried.

Nzakwa’s son Michael Kitivo said it was now a relief for the family that had mourned her demise for close two decades.


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