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January 21, 2019

High Court stops exhumation of Eldoret teacher's body over murder suspicion

Family members of the late Veronica Kemunto with their lawyer Moses Kimilu (2nd left) at the High Courts in Eldoret on Thursday, January 10, 2019. /MATHEWS NDANYI
Family members of the late Veronica Kemunto with their lawyer Moses Kimilu (2nd left) at the High Courts in Eldoret on Thursday, January 10, 2019. /MATHEWS NDANYI

The High Court in Eldoret has stopped the exhumation of the body of a female teacher whose family suspects she was murdered last December.

Justice Hellen Omondi directed that the body Veronica Kemunto should not be exhumed until a case filed by her husband Elijah Oginda is heard on January 14.

Principal Magistrate Naomi Wairimu had earlier ordered the body be exhumed after hearing an application filed by Martha Osinde, the mother to the deceased.

Osinde went to court on December 23, 2018, under a certificate of urgency seeking an order to exhume the body of her daughter.

She wanted the body exhumed for an autopsy to ascertain the cause of death of her daughter after she was buried by her husband, Oginda on December 21, 2018.

Osinde claimed that the cause of death was questionable.

After the lower court ordered that the body be exhumed, the husband quickly moved the High Court where he got a temporary stay order to stop the exhumation.

Osinde wants a postmortem carried out by an independent pathologist.

She rejected a postmortem report by a Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital pathologist that said her daughter died from acute cardiac arrest.

In her suit papers, Osinde said Kemunto was found dead at her home in mysterious circumstances.

She accused her son-in-law of failing to report the death to police for investigations.

“My family members were assaulted and prevented from attending the burial of my daughter,” Osinde said.

However, Oginda said it was unwarranted and unnecessary for her to demand that the body be exhumed almost a month after burial,” he says.

He said the postmortem from MTRH was sufficient to confirm the possible cause of the death of his wife.

“The allegations brought in court to support exhumation are untrue and meant to portray me as a murderer,” Oginda said through his lawyer Dennis Magare.

He dismissed claims that his wife died at home and insisted Kemunto died in hospital.

Kemunto was a teacher at Kandie Primary School in Eldoret town.

“I’m satisfied with the postmortem results, which indicate that my wife died from sudden cardiac arrest,” Oginda said.

He also rejected claims that his in-laws were assaulted and blocked from attending the burial.

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