Funeral Reportedly Called off after ‘dead man’ is spotted drinking in bar

The grave for Wilson
Oluoch had been dug in his home village
near Awendo in Migori county, western
Kenya three weeks after he went missing.
A funeral was dramatically called off after
the supposedly dead man was spotted
drinking at a nearby bar as mourners
arrived.
The grave for Wilson Oluoch had been
dug in his home village near Awendo in
Migori county, western Kenya.
Oluoch had gone missing three weeks
previously and when a decomposed male
body was found in a sugar cane
plantation, his family thought it was his.
But shortly before the funeral someone
told the family that a man who looked like
Wilson had been seen in a bar in nearby
Rongo.
His relatives visited the bar and found
motorcycle taxi rider Wilson still there,
not dead but dead drunk as he tried to
drown his sorrows.
He explained that he had felt so ashamed
after returning home drunk recently that
he had planned to slip away and make a
new life elsewhere.
His family and the rest of the village
rejoiced that he had been found alive and
turned plans for a wake into a celebration
party.
However, elders of Oluoch’s Luo culture
said that cleansing rituals would have to
be carried out before he could be allowed
back into the village.
The body of the man thought to have
been Oluoch has been returned to the
local morgue and still awaits
identification.

Source: kenyan daily

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