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MY ESCAPADES AT CHIROMO MORTUARY CONTINUED By Mugo Wa Wairimu

MY ESCAPADES AT CHIROMO MORTUARY CONTINUED;

Sometimes in December 2007, a friend of mine(name withheld) who was then taking a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology a the main campus at the UON came visiting. We were on holiday but I was working at the chiromo funeral parlor, department of human anatomy, University of Nairobi to enable me supplement My university fees. I was living in Chiromo halls , block A room 207.

I reported to the morgue at around around 9.00 pm and my job at the morgue wasn’t much; just dressing up 40 bodies or so and then go back to the hostel. I would then instruct the watchman to wake me up in case I had to receive any body/ies.. I was then to wake up at 4.00am, pak the dressed bodies in their respective coffins awaiting identification and collection by relatives the following morning.

At or around 2.45pm, The watchman came calling me; he had to literally knock my door as there were no mobile phones by then. I woke up my friend Stanley after he indicated to me that he didn’t Mind going to the morgue. I received a body that had been brought; I went with my friend Stanley to the documentation room and took all the particular of the body and the relatives.

All formalities done, it was now just a matter of opening the main mortuary door and usher in the new “Visitor”. Stanley offered to help undress the body and load it on a stretcher and lift it to the shelves. It was at the point that he’ll broke lose; A total power blackout ensued; The cold room started producing some scaring sound which usually happens during power outages. My friend ran helter-skelter screaming at the top, of his voice. “Asi, Asi, Asi… I never knew what he meant in kikamba… Sadly enough, Stanley had stumbled on enough bodies on the floor as he attempted to escape. We sourced an uambulance as fast as we could naf
D rushed him to hospital….. Meanwhile, we forgot that we had dropped the corpse on the floor but that didn’t matter by then…

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