The highly anticipated burial of popular Ohangla musician Abenny Jachiga did not go on as planned as his fans disrupted it demanding a proper ceremony.
Thousands of mourners flocked Kadiju village in Chiga, Kisumu East sub-county where they engaged police officers in running battles at they tried to enforce COVID-19 containment measures at the burial.
Irate mourners hurled stones at the law enforcers further refilling a grave that had already been dug, claiming that they won’t allow the musician to be hurriedly buried.
The police officers were overwhelmed by the crowd and later on left without the body.
However, according to reports, the deceased’s body was later taken to the morgue.
Abenny passed away on Thursday, June 11 while undergoing treatment at St Jairus Hospital in Kisumu where he had been admitted after developing breathing complications.
According to his brother Austine Omondi, the singer fell ill on June 3 when he was in Nairobi and decided to travel back home on June 6 for treatment.
On arrival he he was first admitted at a local hospital and later transferred to St Elizabeth Hospital in Chiga the following day.
He was referred to Aga Khan Hospital, where he was treated for pneumonia and discharged later when his condition improved, but a doctor attended to him at home.
When his situation worsened, he was rushed to St Elizabeth Hospital in Chiga before being transferred to St Jairus Hospital, where he died at 2am.
Omondi also said that his brother had small spots on his body and complained of stomachaches.
The 33-year-old was born in 1987 in Kawese village, Chiga within Kisumu east-sub county.
He started his musical career at the age of 21 as an instrumentalist and would perform in several clubs and live bands within the town.
He was mentored by the likes of Lady Maureen before he started his own band which for several years played at the former Gwara Gwara club in Kondele.
He became popular in mid 2018 after the release of his hit song ” mano kasinde” (that’s her cousin) which trended for along period of time.
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