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Man buries his wife, child after years of living with their bodies

Kitui man buries his wife, child after years of living with their bodies

A man who kept the bodies of his wife and child in his house for years, believing that they would resurrect, has finally buried them. Kitu Munyoki’s wife Lydia Ndila succumbed to tuberculosis in 2014, a year after their daughter died for reasons including not breastfeeding.

“After the baby died, my wife and I agreed to preserve the body in our home. A year later, my beloved wife died,” Munyoki said. “Shortly before that, she had told me that she would come back after nine years. That’s why I lived with her dead body in the same house. I was waiting for her resurrection.” The bodies were discovered in October 2016 and taken to Migwani morgue. The woman’s family reportedly refused to bury them without the performance or rituals.

Mortuary attendants said they did not understand how the man managed to preserve the bodies for three years. They said they were well-preserved and had no smell. A neighbour said: “He preserved the bodies using herbs only known to him and nothing artificial was applied. It is alleged that the man applied jelly to his dead wife and daughter’s bodies.”

At the burial on Monday at Munyoki’s Ndaluni home in Mwingi West, Kitui county, he told mourners that Ndila went to write a Bible and will return to “save people”. Munyoki said he does not subscribe to any religion but prays to a god.

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