drama as angry mourners dump coffin and corpse at police station
There was drama at the Kisumu Police Divisional Headquarters on Friday after angry mourners dumped a coffin corpse in front of the occurrence book desk.
The mourners were protesting the arrest of their driver and two vehicles. Traffic police officers at Otonglo market on the Kisumu-Busia road impounded the matatu carrying mourners from Kisumu county hospital to Gem, Akala, for flouting traffic rules.
They were forced to turn back after they were ordered to go to the Kisumu central police station.
The incident occurred at 1 pm on Friday, but it was the long time it took for the police to release the release the driver and the vehicle that infuriated the mourners.
The mourners would later offload the coffin from the vehicle and opened the coffin cover exposing the corpse, as they accused the police of taking too long to address their concerns.
Some of the officers could not stand the sight and stopped attending to other people at the station to deal with the matter.
The commotion attracted a crowd that milled around the station to witness the incident and the police officers were forced to reluctantly release the driver.
Mr David Owaga, one of the mourners, said it was not right for the police to have held them for more than four hours.
“We were told to pay Sh7,000 and we had already payed Sh5,000. I did not understand why they could not just free the driver and the tout and let us go and bury our beloved one,” said Mr Owaga.