Police were today engaged in a heated standoff with rowdy mourners in Kajulu village in Kisumu County after the residents blocked the burial of popular Ohangala musician Abenny Jachiga.
The burial preparations were suddenly stopped as soon as the body of the deceased arrived in his home in Chiga after the angry mourners filled the grave that had been dug to lay to rest the musician.
The mourners who buried wheelbarrows and logs in the grave claimed the burial of Mano Kasinde hitmaker was being rushed against the cultural beliefs of the community that demands decent off for the deceased.
“We cannot allow Abenny just to be buried within a day after passing. This is our son and he must be given a decent burial. The body must be taken back to the mortuary as we prepare a decent send-off for our loved son,” shouted one of the mourners.
The police had earlier struggled to control the crowd which was escorting the deceased without observing the social distancing procedures. The mourners who had joined the convoy in cars and motorcycles while other trekked, had disrupted the procession at Kajidu Primary School, forcing the officer to lobby teargas canisters at them.
The 33-year-old musician on Wednesday succumbed to what his relatives say was a kidney-related illness. Abenny who started his music career as an instrumentalist was mentored by celebrated musician Lady Maureen before he pulled out to start his own band.