Family accuse kin of desecrating father’s grave

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023 01:30 | By

Shock has gripped Nembu village in Gatundu South, Kiambu County after a man destroyed his father’s grave in a row with siblings over three-acre prime land.

The man identified as Peter Kagumu is embroiled in a simmering quarrel with his other eight siblings who accuse him of plotting to acquire the entire property their dad left behind when he died.

Over the weekend, Kagumu who is reported to have been arrested and later released by police allegedly destroyed tiles and concrete slab of his late father, Samuel Chege’s grave which was recently put up by a cleric of the church he used to worship before he died in 2021.

According to his siblings, destruction of the grave is just a tip in the iceberg as the man has reportedly been attacking them with crude weapons in his bid to control the property left behind by his father including the parcels of land, he apportioned to his six daughters.

Led by Miriam Heta, Kagumu’s siblings told journalists that their father had left a decree on how his property should be divided but the announcement did not sit well with Kagumu.

“He has also been angry with us because our father hived off a prime parcel of land for construction of a church whose lead pastor made his grave. He wants to acquire the entire property for his selfish gains and that is why he has been attacking us together with our mother whom he wishes to die for him to kick us our easily,” said Heta.

Contractual duty

They said they will seek legal redress so that the courts can help them put an end to their longstanding clash.

But speaking on phone, Gatundu South Sub-County police commander Jonathan Koech said he was not aware of the matter but promised to begin investigating the matter.

“We will be checking if the family has gone through the normal processes of reporting the matter. Should we find they have, the culprit will be taken through the normal lawful processes,” said Koech.

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