Kenyans await bodies of kin slain in US

November 1, 2010 12:00 am

, KISII, Kenya, Nov 1 – A family in Kisii whose daughter and her two children were murdered in the US two weeks ago is still waiting for their bodies to be repatriated for burial in Kenya.

Mogire Magara, the family\’s spokesman, told Capital News that they were waiting for their in-laws to make arrangements to transport the three bodies back home.

Bilha Kwamboka, 32, and her two children Ivyn Ogendi, 9, and Kinley Ogendi, 12, were found murdered in their apartment in Vadnais Heights Minneapolis.

Her husband Justus Kebabe confessed to killing them and he now faces up to 76 years in a US prison.  He is due to be convicted on January 14.

At their ancestral home in Nyaribari Chache, Ms Kwamboka\’s family said they had met with Mr Kebabe\’s family and agreed that the latter would arrange transportation and burial of the deceased.

However, Mr Magara said there was no timeframe indicated when the bodies will be brought home.

"We had sat down and deliberated over the issue and the agreement we had is that the in-laws should fast track the repatriation of the bodies," he said.

He said it is nearly two weeks since they met and no communication from the family of Mr Kebabe.

"I heard the news over the radio that he had been charged in US but as a family we have not sat down to deliberate over that new development. However, I welcome that," said Mr Magara.

The triple murders have left the neighbouring villages of Gesere and Matunu in Nyaribari Chache in shock.

Mr Kebabe\’s father who is now aged 74 reported that since his son married Kwamboka, no domestic issues had been brought to his attention.

"I have not seen him since he left home but occasionally I have been talking to him over the phone. He has not complained of any predicament over his family affairs," said the septuagenarian.

Mr Kebabe\’s brother Donald however told Capital News that his brother had called him a day before he allegedly committed the murders and complained of domestic problems.

"He called me that week of the incident and we talked for a long time. He told me about frustrations he is undergoing in the hands of his wife," he said.


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