A police officer who collapsed and died when he had gone to collect a wedding gift, a cow, given to him by his uncles in Samia sub county has been buried. Corporal Benard John Mwato, 40, was laid to rest at his home at Khung’ungu village, Matayos sub county, Busia County in a sorrowful ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners including police officers who were working with him and his wife Doris Wako.
Wako narrated how his husband mysteriously died at their uncle’s place at Nyakhobi village in Samia shortly after being given the cow, “When we arrived at the residence, the cow started behaving strangely and at one point it’s countenance changed to a human face. I was terrified and told my husband we leave it but he insisted we go with it. After putting it on the pick up, he remained behind as I went to bid farewell to my aunt. Then I heard my husband calling me and I thought he wanted us to go, but when I reached there, he held my hand and told me that our ring was fading I asked him why was he saying so but he didn’t answer back,” she said, “He started gasping for air and passed away shortly after. I could not believe my eyes. We carried him and put him down, tried to give him some first aid but my aunt touched him and told us he was already dead.”
Doris, who got married to Mwato on 17th August 2017 at Mundika Catholic church told mourners that she still didn’t believe her husband was gone and insisted they take him to Busia County refferal hospital where doctors confirmed that he was indeed dead, “We took him to mortuary but when his sister came, I saw his hand shaking and thought he was still alive. I insisted we take him back to the ward, which we did but still, the doctors confirmed he was dead and there was nothing they could do to save his life.”
She described him as a loving and caring husband, a lifetime man they met and dated for over thirteen years before they settled together.
Leaders led by Matayos Assistant County Commissioner Sheila Lang’at, Busia County First Lady Judy Onamu Ojaamong and his workmates eulogized him as a humble, social and hard-working man.