Court stops James Oyugi's kin from exhuming body

James Oyugi Onyango, who succumbed to Covid-19 and was hurriedly buried in the wee hours of April 12, 2020 at Kamalung village in Siaya County. PHOTO | COURTESY

What you need to know:

  • The family of the late James Oyugi Onyango, a former KPA employee whose body was buried hurriedly by County officials without a coffin, went to court seeking orders to have it exhumed and accorded a decent send-off.

  • The petitioners, who include the deceased's sister Joan Akoth Ajuan'g and his son Brian Oyugi, further asked the court to order an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

  • However, Justice Roseline Aburili said that the court could not grant the family an exhumation order.

The High Court in Siaya on Monday declined to grant orders to have the body of the County's first Covid-19 case exhumed for a decent re-burial as sought by his kin.

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