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Four killed by mob in Kitengela were not thieves… They were cousins from a birthday party

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  • Four men were killed in Kitengela on Sunday, August 8 on suspicion that they were sheep, goats thieves.
  • It is, however, emerging that the four were not thieves but two brothers with their cousins who were headed for a birthday party in Kisanju area.

Police in Kitengela, Kajiado County, are still investigating an incident where four people were killed by locals on Sunday, August 8.

The four men were killed on suspicion that they were rustlers out on a mission to steal sheep and goats in one of the homesteads in Enkamuriaki village.

The case is taking a fresh twist, however, as it is now emerging that the four were not criminals but two brothers with their cousins who were headed for a birthday party in Kisanju area.

Reports indicate that Freddie Wanjiru, 30, and Victor Wanjiru, 25, left their home in Syokimau, Machakos County with their cousins on Saturday, August 7. They were riding on three sport bikes. Lawyer Wahome Thuku says they were going to celebrate their birthdays and were booked in a hotel in Kisanju.

The following day (Sunday), they left for their homes in the evening but along the way, one of the bikes developed a mechanical problem bringing their journey to a halt.

“As they were trying to fix it at around 11pm, they were attacked by herdsmen who accused them of plotting to steal their livestock. All the four were killed on the spot,” says Lawyer Wahome, in a lengthy Facebook post.

The mother of the two boys, who is based in London, is reportedly hospitalised after receiving the devastating news on Tuesday, August 10.

The lawyer adds, “One of the boys had a graphic designs shop in Nairobi, the other was in charge of the mother’s construction in Syokimau. The mother comes from Karamton village in Nyandarua County.”

A herdsboy spotted them

According to Isinya sub-County Police Commander Charles Chepkong’a, a herdsboy spotted the deceased’s motorbikes parked in a nearby bush and notified neighbours.

Apparently, the four failed to explain what they were doing in the area at night, prompting angry residents to lynch them.

“We were informed about the incident at around 1 am and we went to the scene and found the four had already been killed. They all had dreadlocks and had serious injuries on the head inflicted using blunt objects. I want to urge members of the public to report suspicious persons and not to take the law into their hands,“ Chepkong’a said.

The police boss said that detectives have since launched a manhunt for those who were involved in the murders.

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