The Late Vinnie Atieno Buried Secretly in Sweden Last Tuesday
The late Vinnie Atieno, whose real names were Vincencis Atieno, was secretly buried in a cemetery in the city of Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday, 8th July 2014. The secret burial came after Vinnie’s sister stripped naked last Friday and stopped the burial on grounds that family members were not involved in the funeral arrangements. Although it is not clear who ordered the burial, it is unlikely that it could have taken place without the conniving of either of Vinnie’s two former boyfriends who are also the fathers of Vinnie’s two children.
As the burial was taking place, Vinnie’s mother in Kisumu, Kenya, was raising the alarm through the Kenyan media to the effect that she was in the dark as far as both the death and funeral arrangements are concerned. Speaking to the East African Standard, Jactone Obong’o and his wife, Scolastica Adhiambo, said that they had been preparing to travel to Sweden to get involved in their daughter’s funeral arrangements when everything went dead. Vinnie’s sister who travelled from Germany to intervene could not be reached by the family by the time they raised the alarm while everybody who was apparently involved in the funeral arrangements in Malmö could not suddenly be reached.
According to reports reaching KSB from different sources in Malmö, Kenyans in Malmö congregated at Vinnie’s house following her death where a decision was taken that her parents would travel to Sweden for purposes of funeral arrangements. At one of these meetings, it is known that the father of Vinnie’s eldest child was present while it is also known that some money was raised towards transport costs of Vinnie’s parents. What is unknown is how after this meeting (whose agenda was to transport Vinnie’s parents to Sweden), someone fixed Vinnie’s burial for Friday last week before her parents could arrive in Sweden.
Another hanging issue is the whereabouts of cash that had been raised towards transport of Vinnie’s parents. According to a source, attempts by Vinnie’s sister (who attended the fund raising meeting) to get custody of the funds was quashed by a Committee because “she did not look like she could take care of the funds”. Further the amount that was raised could also not be established and now with her secret burial in Malmö, the mystery surrounding her death and hurried up burial has simply deepened.
At the funeral, KSB has established that there were only eight people, 4 Kenyans and four Swedes. One of the Swedes is known to have been the father of Vinnie’s child and the question which arises is whether he could have ordered the burial using his child as an excuse to take over the burial process. This is because in Sweden (just like in many countries), only a next of kin can order a burial. In the case of Vinnie, the most credible next of kin who was on the ground in Malmö was Vinnie’s blood sister who had already stopped the burial so how could she have been buried secretly barely three days after the funeral was stopped? Who were the four Kenyans who attended the secret burial and where did Vinnie’s sister vanish especially after she stopped the burial last Friday?
After the burial was stopped by Vinnie’s sister, the funeral Agency knew and understood that there were key issues that needed to be resolved especially the participation of Vinnie’s family in all funeral arrangements so how did they go ahead with the burial even when Vinnie’s parents were raising the alarm in Kenya?
Last Friday, Vinnie’s burial is known to have been attended by many Kenyans in Malmö. Where are they and how could these Kenyans have allowed Vinnie’s funeral to proceed without the participation of members of her family and after they knew and understood the problems that stood in the way. These are fundamental questions that need to be answered. Regardless of the burial, Vinnie’s parents need to travel to Sweden to sort out this matter because the secret burial has denied them the right to pay their last respects to their departed daughter. What has happened in the case of Vinnie cannot happen in any civilized society. In summary, who decided that Vinnie should be buried in Sweden? Kenyans in Malmö must come together to help Vinnie’s family resolve the issue even though she has been buried. It is not the end of the story because a body can be exhumed. The matter is even more painful when the post mortem report detailing the real cause of Vinie’s death has not been released.
Something does not simply add up. A Kenyan dies mysteriously in Malmö, the children are taken over without participation of the Kenyan’s family members, the post mortem report is withheld by the Swedish authorities, a funeral is hastily arranged by unknown people, the funeral is then stopped by the Kenyan’s sister who had to strip naked to stop the process then a secret funeral attended by eight people is then hastily arranged without family consultation before the body is quickly buried when the parents are raising the alarm and complaining about exclusion from everything. This case should not be allowed to set a precedent because today it’s Vinnie and tomorrow it might as well be your family going through a similar agony in this wilderness called Sweden.