Hospital seizes Ngige’s corpse over N10m debt

A Kenyan father, Boniface Mbugua Githenya, has been unable to bury his son, Michael Ngige, who died four months ago.

The burial is being delayed due to Githenya’s inability to pay off the three million Kenyan shillings (over N10m) bill incurred while Ngige was in the hospital.

Githenya on Tuesday revealed that the hospital refused to hand over the body to the family for burial unless the hospital bill is settled.

“We were told that we cannot bury him until we settle the bill.

“We have tried to negotiate a settlement, but our efforts have been fruitless.

“Today, we need to settle three million shillings (N10,765,140) before he is laid to rest.

“His children are the most affected, their performance in school has dropped.

“They can’t concentrate when they know their father is in the mortuary,” Githenya said.

He added that the governor of Nairobi, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, had contributed Sh200,000 (about N717,676) to help settle the hospital bill.

Ngige had died in the hospital after falling at a construction site.

His body has been deposited at the Kenyatta University mortuary.

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