– Night Makunda died after a short illness
– The burial ceremony was slated for Friday, December 20, and was characterised by drama
– After the service, the deceased refused to be laid to rest and dared mourners by clenching fists and raising the head
– Terrified mourners swiftly walked away and stared at the coffin from a distance
– The spiritual one resorted to powerful prayers while some relatives tried to ‘sweet-talk’ the corpse but nothing changed
– Elders later established Makunda was not pleased by the fact that his husband had not paid dowry and arrangements were made instantly
– The deceased then unclenched fists and accepted to be buried
Dramatic scenes were witnessed in a Kakamega home when the body of a woman destined for burial protested the attempt.
Relatives and friends who had thronged homestead at Shamberere village in Malava, Kakamega county were left mouths agape after the lifeless body of Night Makunda reportedly clenched fists and dared them by raising the head.
The bizarre incident that occurred on Friday, December 16, left mourners confused, embarrassed and some openly cursing for being humiliated by the daring corpse of their kin.
Powerful payers from local preachers and spiritual mourners were held in earnest but the body of Makunda was unmoved, fists tightened and head staring in the space.
Attempts some relatives to ‘sweet-talk’ the corpse to reveal her frustrations yielded no fruit as she failed to give clear communication.
It obliged elders from both sides to convene an urgent meeting and discussed the cause of the crisis and possible solution.
At this point, a number of dejected mourners had started walking away feeling wasted and dusted in their own village.
It was later alleged by the Makunda’s family (Maragoli) that their inlaws (Kabras) had not paid dowry and the deceased was not happy.
When the widower obliged and paid the dowry later in the day, to the shock of many who had turned up to witness the bizarre burial, the corpse unclutched its fists, ready for burial.
Traditional rituals were, thereafter, performed by elders before Makunda’s body was lowered into her grave.
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