Stakus Owino flashes a smile as he walks along the corridors of Bondo Sub-County Hospital mortuary.
At 35, Owino has two unique job descriptions: he serves the dead and the living.
When he is not busy ensuring that bodies are well preserved at the mortuary where he is the manager, he is busy winning over souls for God as the presiding bishop at Israel Assembly Church.
According to Standard Digital,Stakus Owino juggles these two roles with ease and, as he puts it, a deep sense of satisfaction. The two are almost connected, he says: one wins souls for heaven, the other ushers them to heaven with dignity.
Owino always carries a Bible to his small office at the morgue. As he waits for the next body to be brought in, he goes through the Holy Book; either preparing for the next sermon or just seeking divine guidance for the job at hand.
At the mortuary, Owino’s job entails receiving bodies and cleaning them; ensuring that they are correctly and properly labeled for easy identification and preservation.
He also prepares the bodies for postmortems and has to be present when the bodies are released for burial.
Back to his other calling, the worshippers at Israel Assembly Church describe Owino as charismatic and highly spiritual. The faithful do not seem to care much about what he does at the mortuary.
Owino, who says he has no plans to quit the job soon, advises the youth that they can curve a career out of the most unexpected and unusual places, including the morgue.