Thursday, May 19, 2011

Marathon hero's kin in court over funeral

The issue of the funeral of Kenyan Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru has gone to the courts.

His mother has obtained orders from a High Court judge blocking his wife from burying him.

Justice Anyara Emukule granted a 14-day injunction after Ms Hanna Wanjiru went to court to stop Ms Teresia Njeri from burying her husband.

Wanjiru died after falling off a balcony during a domestic confrontation after his wife found him in bed with a waitress.

Ms Hanna Wanjiru has been vocal in insisting that her son was killed and claims that there was blood in the living room of his house.

The athlete’s body will stay at Nairobi's Lee Funeral Home until the court sitting in the central Kenya town of Nakuru hears both parties.

The mother accuses Ms Njeri of making arrangements to bury her son on May 24 without involving her. She does not even recognise Ms Njeri as her son’s wife, though almost everyone else, including the police, do.