A family in Kakamega County is in a dilemma after the local government stopped the burial of their kin.
Dr Kelly Nelima’s body has been lying at a mortuary for two weeks. The county government claims her intended burial site at her home in Kefinco on the outskirts of Kakamega town, sits on riparian land.
Until her death, Dr Nelima was the county chief officer in charge of agriculture and livestock.
The deceased’s husband John Manyengo, to whom the burial order from the municipal manager was addressed, says the designated burial site is the only place Dr Nelima called home.
“We have been together for 26 years, 15 of these at this home. I had a covenant with my wife that whoever dies first, this would be our final resting place,” says Manyengo.
He says neighbours have previously buried their dead in the area, so there is no reason to deny him the permit.
County Regret Letter
“We regret to inform you that due to the existing national legislation, county gazetted plans and development plans; it shall not be possible to inter the remains of Dr Kelly Auma Nelima at parcel no. Butsoso/Shikoti /4994 as requested,” says the letter by Kakamega Municipality.
“We have been advised that the said parcel of land is relatively steep and slopes all the way into an existing stream on the Northern side.”
Manyengo said their children have been out of school as a result of the delay in burial, and this is affecting their education.