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Shock as city street boy ‘killed in road accident resurrects’

A street boy thought to have died in a road accident reappeared at the Machakos country bus station on Wednesday to the shock of his colleagues.

Amos Mbugua, known to his fellow streets boys as Marigiti, is reported to have been involved in a road accident in Nairobi.

His colleagues collected the body of an unidentified victim of the same accident claiming it was Marigiti.

They lobbied the business community at the bus station to help them raise funds for the burial.

BURIED MAN REAPPEARED

Months later, they man they through they had buried reappeared.

A street boy who spoke to NTV said Marigiti’s cousin had confirmed the identity of the body, kick starting the funds drive and burial planning.

“Familia yake ndio ilifanya makosa juu sisi tunakuanga na umoja, kama tunajua kwenu ukidedi tunakupeleka kwenu na tunakuzika. Lakini sasa hawa walifanya kuiba mwili,” one street boy said.

The boys explained how they raised funds to help the family meet burial costs but were never allowed to visit the home.

“Sasa kumbe familia yake walikuwa wamepanga hakuna sufferer yeyote ataenda kwao,” another added.

DENIED BURYING SON

Marigiti’s family in Ikinu, Kiambu County, has however denied burying their son who has been missing for 15 years.

“Aliniambia mama, usikuje kunitafuta Nairobi hata siku moja, kwa sababu unaeza shikwa na wale vijana tunatembea nao na wakupige ama ugongwe na gari, kwa hivyo usikuje kunitafuta,” Marigiti’s mother Catherine Wanjiku said.

The reappearance of Marigiti may fuel mistrust between the business community and the street boys as funds were raised for a burial that never took place.

Marigiti was on Wednesday returned to his home in Ikinu after his health deteriorated since he was last seen by his colleagues.