Olympic champion Wanjiru can now be buried

Jun 02, 2011

The family of Kenya’s fallen star Samuel Wanjiru can proceed with the burial after a court in Nakuru on Thursday lifted orders restraining the widow from making burial arrangements.

Nakuru High Court Judge Anyara Emukule ruled there was no legal reason to extend the restraining orders arguing that the family members can forward their concerns regarding the cause of Wanjiru’s death to the Police.

“I vacate the orders and allow the team to proceed with burial arrangements. I do not see any valid or legal reason why I should extend the orders.Let this young man be accorded a decent burial!” said the Judge.

The athlete’s mother, Hannah Wanjiru had obtained a two-week order restraining his widow Teresia Njeri from burying him on grounds that the police were yet to conclude investigations claiming investigations to establish the cause of his death had not been completed.

Through her lawyer Wilfred Konosi,Wanjiru’s mother had wanted the court to extend the restraining orders until the post-mortem results were out.

A team of medical experts on Wednesday failed to piece together conclusive evidence leading to the mysterious demise of the Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru.  After visiting the Wanjiru’s home in Muthaiga estate, Nyahururu there were sharp divisions amongst the medics on  whether the athlete was murdered or he jumped to his death on May,15.

Initial Police reports indicated that the athlete died after falling from his bedroom balcony on the first floor- a distance police estimated at about five metres.

Njeri’s Lawyer, Wahome Ndegwa, told the court in Nakuru that there was no valid reason why the runner should not be buried as claims of inconclusive investigations were being propagated by people who were interesting in Wanjiru’s multi million shillings estate.

With the orders lifted it is likely that Olympic champion could be laid to rest on June 8 after a public memorial service in Nairobi and in his home town in Nyahururu.



Sportsnewsarena Correspondent

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