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Kisumu families decry heavy bills left by loved ones

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A section of bereaved families in Kisumu are crying to the County Government of Kisumu to assist them in settling heavy bills left by their departed loved ones due to Covid-19.

The families also claim that they are unable to pay mortuary bills and also meet the burial requirements for their departed loved ones within the new funeral regulations provided over Covid-19 surge.

The Kisumu County Government issued a directive that all bodies should not to be preserved in mortuaries for more than 48 hours.

The directive further stated that all burials need to be conducted within 72 hours.

Speaking to Ghetto Radio at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Mortuary, Pastor Stephen Owino says that the new set burial rules have become a burden to them appealing for help.

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“These set burial rules are good yes but to those who have money, sometimes you had a patient hospitalized here in the ward and by bad luck he /she passed on and was brought here,” says Pastor Owino.

“Let them set the new regulations and say here is the casket, plus the vehicle that will ferry the body. That it will be much easier,” he adds.

Vincent Adero stated that since death has no alert, the county should at least help by waiving off the mortuary bills.

“Here they cannot wave the bills and that’s the main problem we have.  We are only trying but beating the set time is not easy. Let the county assist us on this as death has no alerts, help us please,” says Adero.

They have also stated that the new set rules have eroded their culture.

“According to our culture as Luos, when a body is removed from the morgue it is taken home and it is required to spend in his or her home before the burial. To us we know the first rite is birth, marriage, and finally death of which must be celebrated,” Stephen stated.

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