Residents of Kabati village in Kandara, Murang’a County, woke up to a rude shock on Wednesday morning after a man was killed and buried in a cow dung pit within his home compound.
Antony Macharia, 56, was found buried in the cow dung pit which is just a few metres from his house. His wife was unable to reach him on phone.
The last time the widow, Grace Wanjiru, saw her husband alive was on Tuesday night at around 10 am. She says that Macharia and his Ugandan farmhand went to attend to a cow that was delivering.
At around 1 am, the ‘shamba’ boy reportedly returned to the house minus his employer. He told Wanjiru that her husband was still tending to the new mother in town.
“I slept and in the following morning I assumed my husband went to milk cows and deliver milk to a nearby collection centre only to realize afterwards he was missing. The cows had not been attended to and the shamba boy was nowhere to be found,” Wanjiru told journalists.
It was at this point that the widow called her neighbours and nearby relatives help her in searching for the husband.
Investigators are now treating the missing shamba boy as the prime suspect in the murder of the farmer. Police are in hot pursuit of the Ugandan.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the deceased had head injuries and blood stains on his face. A harmer was found beside his body as well as a wheelbarrow believed to have been used in ferrying his body to the pit.
The farmhand had a SIM card registered using a Kenyan Identification card, and the names used in the registration were different to what he was using in the area.
“We are trying to trace the boy, so as to get the truth about the murder. In the meantime, the body of the deceased was moved to Thika Level 5 Hospital Mortuary for postmortem,” Kandara Deputy County Commissioner Carolyne Nzwili said.
Also, it is emerging that the farmer had just sell one of his cow at KSh130,000, an angle the sleuths are also pursuing to determine the motive behind Macharia’s killers.