There was drama as a group of surveyors arrived at the home of the e late Juja businessman, Christopher Mbote and demarcated the grave he will be buried.
And now the body will be buried between two houses belonging to his two widow and not at the boundary of their properties as court had ordered.
The two families agreed on the site, which was demarcated by a team of surveyors hired.
All parties agreed that the 78-year-old wealthy businessman should be laid to rest in a place where both families can easily access the grave site.
Gitau Mbote, a son of the second wife said despite having two committees running the burial preparations, there are no hiccups towards the burial of the late businessman.
The two homes are within the same compound but they don’t share the entrances as the houses are separated by a small fence that had been cleared to allow the digging of the grave.
Mbote will now be buried in the compound of the first wife, Margaret Waithira Mbote, but next to the entrance of the second wife, Anne Njeri Mbote.
While Mbote will be laid in the first wife’s compound, his head will be facing the second wife’s house.
The head will be directed where the sun sets.
The second wife – who used to teach Mbote’s children before they got married – wanted her husband to be buried at his rural home in Gatundu.
A Thika court ordered the families to agree on the saga.
A group of Agikuyu elders performed a ritual to plant a banana tree in the grave that was dug before the second wife went to court to stop the burial that was scheduled to take place last week.
The family was also ordered to have a Title Deed of that particular piece of land bearing the names of the two wives with whom he had sired a total of 13 children.
The deceased Mbote, one of the wealthiest people in Juja lived with his two wives on a two and a half-acre prime parcel of land in Juja town, with the homes separated by a wooden fence.
Mbote, 78, had sired seven children with his first wife, Margret Waithira and six with the second wife and according to his family, he wished to be buried in his rural home in Gatundu.
He died at a Nairobi hospital on January 16 after a long illness.
The deceased was supposed to be buried on Friday January 27 before the second wife went to court to block the process.
The first wife had already dug a grave on her property.
Mbote will be buried on Friday, February 3, 2022.