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Mourners and landowner clash over burial site in Naivasha

The burial of a 78-year-old granny was delayed for hours after a businessman claiming ownership of the land where the burial was to take place stormed the venue with a court order stopping the event.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 30 Jun 2016 10:42 EAT

The burial of a 78-year-old granny was delayed for hours after a businessman claiming ownership of the land where the burial was to take place stormed the venue with a court order stopping the event.

The incident in Ngondi, Naivasha, shocked mourners, many of them relatives of the deceased, who insisted that the lady deserved to be buried on the piece of land where she had stayed for decades.

The relatives mobilized a group of youths to enforce their claim of ownership to the land, but they were repulsed by police officers and local administration officials who intervened on the side of the businessman, whose claim the police said was the more legal one.

The assistant county commissioner for Naivasha, John Opondo, told journalists that the local administration could only enforce the right of the party with a court order.

“The family did not have a court order so we couldn’t enforce their claim. They have found alternative land in Ngu Nyumu area where the lady will be buried,” he said.

Apparently, the businessman, privy to the family’s plans to bury the granny on the land but did not engage them in any discussions. Instead, he waited until the last minute in order to make his point.

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