Bukusu elders now demand the body of self-confessed killer Masten Wanjala be buried by the river banks in order for the family to live in peace.
The elders have said that that is the only way the family will prevent itself from bad spirits by ensuring that the body is buried away from their home.
Isaac Misiko, one of the elders said the body of the suspect should be buried outside the homestead as per the community beliefs and customs.
“The only option for the family is burying the body of Wanjala away from the homestead and along a riverbank,” Misiko said.
Misiko said before the body is buried, the rituals need to be performed including burying him at night.
According to him, burying someone near the river means that the family will forget what he did in the past, as the memories will be driven away.
This comes after Wanjala’s family disowned him, saying they will not bury him, and urged the government to take responsibility.
“As a family, we are not ready in any way to bury him since we might get curses and that will not be good for the family,” Robert Watila, father to Wanjala said.
His statement came after the family decided not to attend the post-mortem that was conducted at the Bungoma County Referral Hospital mortuary.