The family of Elijah Obuong, one of the four men who went missing in Kitengela about 10 days ago have positively identified his body.
Obuong’s family led by his brother Michael Amollo arrived at Murang’a County mortuary at 8.00 am Thursday and confirmed the identity of the body which has been lying there for days.
Amollo said they identified his brother through a tattoo of his name ‘Elly’ inscribed on his left hand.
They could not hide the pain of discovering the body of their kin, murdered in cold blood. Amollo refuted claims that the deceased was a criminal, as several media reports have indicated. He says police and media are only out to taint Obuong’s good name.
“We saw from the media that our brother was a member of a criminal gang and this came as a surprise to us,” he said. “We don’t understand why someone would kill our brother in such a manner and have his body dumped into a river.”
Amollo urged police to hasten investigations and establish who was behind the murder.
Kitengela To Murang’a?
Obuong’s body was found dumped in River Mukungai, a few kilometers from Murang’a town. His body was stuffed in a gunny bag, fastened with ropes.
The body had minimal physical injuries, and only on the head.
Murang’a County Criminal Investigation Officer Daniel Kandie said that with the positive identification by the family, investigations into the killing shall commence.
He said Murang’a detectives will work with their counterpart in Kajiado to unravel the mystery behind the murder.
“We now have a starting point where we can pick the matter from to speed up the investigations,” said Kandie.
In another twist to the story, another body of unidentified man was found in River Mathioya about 100 meters from where Obuong’s body was. Similarly, it was stuffed in a gunny bag and ropes tied around it.
The body was found by the sand harvesters who were fetching the sand in the river at around noon.
Francis Muriuki Karanja, one of the miners, said they stumbled upon something which felt unusual under the water and backed off for a while.
Later, Muriuki decided to get into the river to lift the “something” only to find that it was a human body.
“I put it back until the area chief authorized that we remove it from the water and place it on the river bank,” he said.
Police officers came later and took the body to the mortuary. The body had no hands.
Dumpsite For Body
Karanja said this section of the river appears to be a dumping site for killers. Since last December, Karanja said, five bodies have been retrieved from the river.
He adds that none of the bodies have been identified by locals, indicating that they could have been killed elsewhere and their bodies brought here.