Have you ever seen a dead man walking? Kennedy Olwa's family hadn't either - until Kennedy Olwa "came back from the dead".
In a dramatic unfolding of events, the man of the day, Kennedy Olwa, appeared out of thin air as his friends and family were gathered to mourn his death and bid their last goodbyes to him. His funeral was well underway in Godmiaha Village in Homa Bay, Kenya.
Olwa, believed to be 38 years old, disappeared almost 20 years ago and was presumed dead. According to Ramba location Chief Joseph Ndege, the family of Olwa was informed that their son had died after an illness. The family was told that police had taken the body to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary.
"The family did not waste time; they immediately started making burial arrangements. Another team was sent to the mortuary and confirmed that the man who was brought by police was their kin," Chief Ndege said.
He disappeared for 20 years, making his relatives believe that he passed on in unknown place. The family then made funeral announcements on local radio stations and planned the burial. It is from the radio funeral announcements that Olwa got wind of his burial. He was listening to radio while fishing at Alum beach along Lake Victoria where he had ventured into a fishing business since he left home.
After hearing the news of his death, he called his relatives back at home to stop the burial plans. Some relatives were sent to where he was to verify if it was indeed him. The man showed up later and marched into the funeral with some of the relatives who had gone to see him. The event happened as the body was being taken for burial from the mortuary.
The body was later returned to the mortuary as an unclaimed body.
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