A Kenya Pastor and his church members caused a scene at a mortuary in Embu county by demanding for the body of his deceased wife to pray for her resurrection.
News report learnt that Pastor Robinson Karumba, a preacher at Eagle Wings Prophetic Ministries, arrived at Gakwegori Funeral Home accompanied by a flock of about 10 and demanded for the body to be released to him.
They took the body of Ms Polly Rosa Ng’endo into a secluded room within the mortuary, laid it on a table and smeared the partly naked body with ‘anointing oil’.
They then started singing praise songs accompanied a guitar and keyboard.
The midday incident left mortuary attendants and the public in shock.
Pastor Karumba insisted that he was following the teachings of Jesus which, he claimed, directed that believers would be raised from the dead after four days.
And to demonstrate his faith, the father of three had brought along clothes and shoes for his wife.
“We believe she is not dead, but merely resting. She is a believer like me and has preached in many places and with prominent preachers. I had to do what I have always preached. Jesus was called to Lazarus’ home after he had died for four days.
“Even my daughter said my mother will come back of Wednesday, and that is why I came today. We are playing guitar and other instruments because she was a musician,” declared the preacher.
He said his wife, 38, had been unwell before she succumbed to the ailment on Sunday at Mwea County Medical Centre.
Coincidentally, an uncle of the deceased was also at the morgue to book a hearse for the transportation of the body for burial on Saturday.
“The uncle said he was not bothered by the prayers and would not interfere with the session. He said they are ready for the burial,” said Mr Genesio Njiru, a mortuary attendant.
Ms Gladys Murugi, also an attendant at the mortuary, said they had embalmed the body.
“They said a believer doesn’t die. This is the first such episode we are seeing, we didn’t bar them,” she said.
The preacher said he will not be heartbroken if his wife failed to resurrect.
“Back at home, people have been preparing for the burial. If she resurrects, Saturday would be a thanksgiving ceremony. We will be marking her resurrection,” he said.