Details have emerged that 19 unclaimed bodies had been buried at the public cemetery the same week where the bodies of Syombua was exhumed on Saturday.

A source at the Laikipia County government told the Star yesterday that the bodies of Joyce Syombua (31), her children Shanice Maua (10) and Prince Micahael (5) were buried few meters from where the unclaimed bodies.

“It is a miracle or a magic that those who killed the family members did not mix the bodies with the rest.

We are aware that DCI might decide to summon us but we are ready” said a source who did not want to be mentioned because she is not authorized to speak to the media.

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The source noted that the unclaimed bodies usually have tags on their foreheads before being buried, mostly in a mass grave.

Though the source did not disclose the particular day or date the unclaimed bodies were buried.


She maintained they were buried at the Makaburini graves in Thingithu estate at the outskirts of Nanyuki town.

“The County government of Laikipia has some budget to survey and fence the area this financial year” said the source.

She added that as a government, they usually advice people seeking to bury their loved ones in public cemeteries to dig the grave the same day burial ceremony would take place so that other people with ill motive would not take advantage and dispose bodies there.

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