Angry mourners from Kisumu pelted the police with stones before escaping with the body of the late Luo Ohangla musician Ben Ochieng, famously known as Abenny Jachiga.
There were early signed that the burial that was slated on Friday was not going to take place after the villagers, friends and colleagues of the ‘Mano Kasinde’ hitmaker refilled the grave that was meant to be his final resting place after they disagreed with the directive issued by Kisumu governor Peter Anyany Nyong’o.
Ochieng died on Thursday meaning and, according to Nyong’o, his burial was supposed to have been dispensed with by Friday afternoon.
This, however, wasn’t the case after thousands of mourners who turned up for the ceremony, broke the Covid-19 rule that allows only upto 15 family members to attend the burial.
The police had a difficult time controling the crowd and at one point were forced to use teargas at Chiga marke to disperse the crowd that had blocked the road as they demanded to be allowed to view the body.
When their demands were not met, the mourners, mostly youth, turned their anger on the grave by refilling it.
After some lengthy negotiation between the police and the mourners, authority finally heeded to the call by allowing locals to view the body at the nearby School, after which they were allowed to access to the compound with the musicians body, a procession that took close to one hour for a distance of about 300 meters.
But things turned ugly once the body was lowered to the grave.
The police fired teargad in the air to disperse the crowd. But after realising that the police had ran out of teargas, they quickly regrouped for a revenge attack as stones flew in the air.
Police had to Scape for their safety as the villagers took off with the body of the musician to unknown destination. A section of the villagers could be heard swearing that the governor must respect their decision to mourn their kin.
The body was later taken back to the mortuary.