Woman living with open grave finally gets aid

Veronica Nduku Ngwambu from Makutano Ma Ndalani in Yatta

Few days after the story of an 80-year old woman who has been living with an empty tomb for one year went viral, the county government of machakos has responded by offsetting the hospital and morgue bills that have been pending.

Officials from the office of the Governor were immediately sent to sort out the matter.

Veronica Nduku Ngwambu, a resident of Kwa Ndolo, in Yatta sub-county, is said to have dug the grave after her only son died last year but has been unable to raise hospital bill amounting Ksh 200,000 to bury her son.

Due to the huge bill,her son’s body has not been released for burial and therefore she has been living with the already dug grave.

Kenyans took the matter to social media claiming that the area has leaders who were aware of the issue but they were just acting ignorant.

Yatta has DG Maliti and Charles Kilonzo how come they can’t intervene on the matter?”  read a Facebook post.

The matter has raised concerns among the residents as to why leaders can ignore such a problem despite being elected by the people.

“The neighbours are always scared away by the huge bill and that is why they have not intervened, therefore urging their leaders to help,” said one neighbour.

Nduku says when she wakes up in the morning she prays each passing day would come with hope of burying her son.

Nduku’s son died in October 2017 at KNH and a grave was prepared for the burial that never happened.

Former Machakos County gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti also responded to this issue said she would engage the KNH management on the issue.

“My office is in the process of engaging the management of Kenyatta National Hospital to sort out the hospital bill that has been accruing since last year. I challenge the local leadership to join hands with us to bring relief to this old lady,” read her facebook post

The leaders have urged the neighbours to avail themselves for the burial that will be held on Thursday, next week saying the burial expenses will also be catered for.

The woman will also receive medical attention after the burial courtesy of the county government.

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