Kakamega county coffin sellers staged a unique demonstration a day ago to protest over their dwindling business.
The traders were apparently unhappy with rogue mortuary attendants from Kakamega County Referral Hospital who they claimed were behind their misfortunes.
According to one of the protesting traders, the rogue mortuary attendants were colluding with ‘foreign’ coffin sellers to drive them out of business. He stated that the attendants had even gone to the extent of directing bereaved families to source for the coffins from other towns.
“Sisi tunaumia hapa Kakamega. Biashara imekua chini kwa sababu ya hawa wakora wa Referral Hospital. Wamechapa biashara na watu wengine wa inje ndo watuangamize. Wanatuma hadi familia za wenye wamefiwa kuenda kununua masanduku kwa marafiki zao wenye wanafanya nao biashara,” said the protestor.
The coffin selling business has become a very lucrative venture in Kenya. On average, one can make between Kshs. 80,000- 100,000 per month from the business.