, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 14 – A tug of war between two families claiming ownership of a body discovered on December 28, 2014 ensued on Wednesday after police investigators said it did not belong to International Criminal Court witness Meshack Yebei as earlier thought.
Drama unfolded after a family from Kaimosi in Western Kenya claimed the body belonged to their son, Yusuf Hussein.
“The man is now dead, we cannot talk much about the news of his death, how he died or when he died. We were informed about his death yesterday (Tuesday). We were with him on December 24,” Ahmed Hamisi an Imam and family spokesman told the media outside the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
According to Hamisi, the family thought Hussein was visiting relatives in Nairobi while the relatives in Nairobi thought he was upcountry with his other family members.
The spokesman said Hussein was a matatu tout who operated on the Kapsabet-Kisumu Road.
On behalf of Hussein’s family, he asked the police to release his body so that they could bury Hussein in accordance with Islamic tradition.
Moments after investigators announced that the fingerprints of the body discovered matched those of Hussein, Yebei’s family protested.
Yebei’s younger brother Ben Kisorio insisted the body belonged to Yebei, affirming that the family members had positively identified features on the body.
“Our family still stands by the position that the body belongs to Meshack Yebei, because we even rechecked that body today and we were satisfied owing to the various body structures and marks on the body that actually makes reference to him,” he said.
He said unless DNA results demonstrate otherwise, the family still believed the body is Yebei’s.
“As a family we say, let the DNA tests be carried out and let the report come out,” he added.
Rev Moses Kisorio, Yebei’s elder brother said the family had sent its own DNA samples to South Africa.
He denied that there was a dispute between Yebei’s and Hassan’s families, saying they were ready to accept the outcome of the results.
“We also want a proper identification of the body so that everybody can be satisfied. We are not fighting over the body. If this is our body we will go and bury it… if it is Hassan’s body, his family will bury,” he asserted.
He also said the family delayed burial arrangements to buy time to be sure that no other family would claim it.
He urged the government to inform the family the whereabouts of Yebei if the body in question was not his as disclosed by the investigators on Wednesday.