As promised, supporters of former Prime Minister and Azimio leader Raila Odinga showed up for their biweekly demonstrations in different towns across the country.
The so-called peaceful demonstrations, however, somewhat turned chaotic and resulted in destruction of property and even death in some instances.
For example, in Kisumu County, people participating in the demos stormed the newly launched Kwee Farewell Parlour and vandalized it.
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While people continue to condemn the incident, WoK looks at details of the morgue said to be worth over Ksh 33 million.
Kwee Farewell Parlour was launched on Tuesday, March 26, 2023.
The funeral home was launched in an event presided over by Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and attended by other top ranking county government officials.
The morgue is situated at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) in Kisumu.
JOOTRH, the second referral hospital in the country after Kenyatta National Hospital, provides services to patients from across the Lake region economic bloc as well as parts of Tanzania and Uganda.
Kwee was launched to offer professional, reliable, customised services, including postmortem, embalming, viewing and forensics.
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The parlour comes complete with modern 24-body refrigeration units, indoor body trolley with tray and an outdoor body trolley with tray and cover.
It also boasts a post mortem table, sample safe, embalming table, autopsy set and hydraulic body lift.
The funeral home is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Emory University Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (Champs) project.
The funeral home was set up at the cost of Ksh 13 million by the Kisumu County Government, and was equipped with machines worth Ksh 20 million.
The money used to equip the morgue was a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Chams project.
The morgue can host 48 bodies.
The gang that stormed the morgue vandalized seats and desks at the reception area and looted expensive morgue equipment.
Governor Nyong’o condemned the attack saying it was conducted by goons posing as protesters.
He subsequently wondered why the police did not protect the facility from looters and urged them to hunt and bring the suspects to book.
“I wonder why the police did not protect the facility from the gang which also carried away, computers and other valuable equipment
“We also condem the looting of a supermarket, shops and many other private businesses today.I ask the police to hunt and arrest these criminals,” Nyong’o wrote on Twitter.
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