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Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga urges national government to transfer River Yala bodies to Nairobi’s City Mortuary

Friday, January 28th, 2022 19:44 | By
Siaya Governor Cornell Rasanga  Photo/SAMUEL KARIUKI

Siaya county government now wants the national government to move the bodies recovered from River Yala to Nairobi City Mortuary so as to create space at the Yala sub-county hospital mortuary.

Siaya county governor, Cornel Rasanga said that the presence of the 24 bodies at the morgue has stretched services at the facility that has a capacity of handling only 16 bodies.

"I want to appeal to the government to transfer those bodies out of Yala hospital morgue to city Mortuary in Nairobi so that we operate at the optimal for the mortuary is only meant for 16 bodies," the county boss said.

Addressing a press conference at his boardroom in Siaya town, Rasanga who was flanked by the county secretary, Joseph Ogutu and county executive committee members, Odhiambo Wakla (health) and Dorcas Owino (governance) said that the hospital was incurring a lot of expenses in preserving the bodies, resources that should otherwise be channeled to other areas.

“To date, the hospital has spent over sh 503,400/= in the preservation of the bodies that were retrieved from river Yala,” the governor said.

As the governor called for the transfer of the bodies to the city mortuary, Gem residents led by an Anglican cleric, Rev. Kenneth Wachianga faulted the security agents for sleeping on the job, resulting in the increasing number of bodies found dumped at river Yala.

Rev. Wachianga questioned how those behind the dumping could have escaped numerous police roadblocks.

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