Luo Elders in Stockholm Sent to Negotiate Jared Adiwa’s Final Resting Place
Talks aimed at averting a looming burial in Sweden
Many Kenyans must be wondering why the funeral arrangements of the late Jared Adiwa have never been made public since the 60 year old Kenyan passed away about a week ago. The problem is that there has been a growing “conflict of interest” about Jared’s final resting place between Jared’s family in Kenya and the late Kenyan’s family in Sweden.
Back in Kenya, the family has made it clear that they want the body transported to Kenya for burial “as the only option”, a position that has been endorsed by Jared’s mother who is still alive. According to a source close to Jared’s family in Sweden, his two Swedish sons want his remains interred in Stockholm so that they can tend to the grave and where it can be accessible to Jared’s four grandchildren. This position has apparently been rejected by Jared’s Kenyan family, a move that has not sunk down well with Jared’s family in Sweden.
According to the Swedish law, Jared’s children in Sweden have the final say over his final burial place. However, according to Luo customary law which Jared is assumed to have ascribed to, the decision about his final resting place rests with the clan in Kenya. In what promises to be an epic battle, protagonists on both sides are reportedly digging deep into their fox holes in readiness for “The War of the Final Resting Place” of Jared who never left a will indicating where he wanted to be buried.
To avert this war, a three man Committee of Luo elders in Stockholm, has been set up to negotiate between the two families in order to avert what may turn out to be one of the fiercest “Burial battles” of a Luo in Stockholm since the days of James Wuod Maggero whose body was cremated in Stockholm in 2007.
The Luo elders who have been tasked with negotiating a settlement are Mr. Oyuga Odada, Mr. James Ochieng Nyambok and Mrs. Hellen Opwapo. The troika of elders are set to meet Jared’s two children (aged 32 and 28) to convince them to avoid a drama in Stockholm over the burial place of their departed father on grounds that the family in Kenya wants the body to be buried in Kenya.
The late Jared’s younger brother, Antony Adiwa, resides in Stockholm and although he has reportedly been negotiating with the boys since his brother passed away, a source told KSB that he was meeting opposition from his brother’s Swedish family which, sources told KSB, appears bent on burying the body in Sweden. Contacted by KSB, Antony did not want to discuss the developments in detail, saying only that the matter “is extremely heavy on him” and that he was hoping for a “favourable agreement”. He told KSB that the matter had put him in a “tough position” because he is the blood link between his brother’s Kenyan and Swedish families.
A Kenyan who has been close to the discussions but who did not want to be identified said that Jared’s Swedish family do not seem to fully understand the cultural implications of burying him in Sweden without the blessing of Jared’s family in Kenya.
According to Luo cultural pundits, the real problem is that if the departed Kenyan is buried in Sweden without express endorsement of his Kenyan family, the Kenyan family might begin a legal process to exhume the body to be buried in Kenya as per Luo culture on grounds that if this is not done, Jared’s spirit will never rest in peace.
“The spirit will return to haunt the living who abandoned his body to be buried in the wilderness of Europe thereby depriving him of the opportunity to join his ancestors in the after life”, a die-hard Luo tradititonalist told KSB.
Jared’s two children were born out of two relationships with two white Swedish women whom he was divorced to at the time of his death. The result of the elder’s meeting with the family is expected by Friday, 31st May 2013. KSB is following the story with gigantic interest.