Chilling details have now emerged about a man who was forced to spend the night at a police station in the company of his dead wife.
Charles Mwenda was aboard a church bus from Malindi that was intercepted at the Meru-Tharaka Nithi border on Thursday last week.
The bus belonging to the Malindi Methodist Church had thirty other mourners on board but was turned back at Keeria, about 40 kilometers to their destination in Tigania West, Meru County.
According to Charles, his mother and children were denied access to Meru County for the burial.
Confirming the incident, Meru County Commissioner Allan Machari said the bus was intercepted at Keeria market near the Tharaka Nithi- Meru border at around midnight on Thursday.
According to Mr. Machari, the police officers who intercepted the bus offered Mwenda a lift in their land cruiser to Kianhai, Faith Mwende’s final resting place.
However, Mwenda now says that the coffin with his wife’s body was dumped at the Kianjai Police station, about 5 kilometers from the burial site.
Efforts to have the Police vehicle assist him to ferry the body were fruitless, and Mwenda was forced to spend the night at the Police Station.
“I was forced to spend the night outside with my wife’s dead body. To make the matters worse, it was raining. I had to pull the coffin under a lorry which was parked at the station. I didn’t know what to do, it was the darkest day of my life,” says Mr. Mwenda.