A man believed to be dead was found by family members in a bar, guzzling
bottles of beer as his burial rites was underway. The burial of Wilson
Oluoch was to be held on Saturday, the 25th of March at his village in
Awendu, Migori, Kenya, however, what was supposed to be a sad day was
transformed into one of feasting after the family got a message saying
someone who looked like the deceased was found in a bar and upon
investigation it turned out to be true.
Oluoch, a commercial motorcyclist, went missing and after he did not
return days after, his family assumed the worst. When a decomposing body
was found in a nearby sugarcane plantation, Oluoch’s family took the
body to be that of their son so they took it to the mortuary and began
to make burial preparations.
for the burial, after the grave had been dug and mourners began to
arrive, the family got a hopeful message that their son was alive and
merrying at a bar in Rongo. It turned out to be true and his family and
well-wishers converted the food and drinks and other preparations meant
for mourning into celebratory meals.
revealed that he was ashamed of himself for returning home drunk so he
decided to leave home and start a new life elsewhere. His parents spoke
to newsmen and expressed their joy at having their son alive. Oluoch’s
family have contacted the council of elders to begin cleansing rituals
to enable him enter into the compound again.
The corpse the family had earlier thought was that of their son has now been returned to the morgue.