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Masten Wanjala’s dad asks gov’t to release body for burial: “He will be sneaked into homestead”

In Summary

  • Masten Wanjala was accused of killing more than 10 minors.
  • He escaped from Jogoo Police Station on October 12 and spotted at his father’s home in Bungoma two days later.

Father to self-confessed serial killer Masten Wanjala now claims the govenrment is yet to hand over his body for burial.

The deceased was lynched by a mob at his father’s home in Kabuchai, Bungoma County, two days after he escaped from Jogoo Police Station in Nairobi.

Police are yet to establish how the suspected killer escaped from custody on October 12 and spotted at his home on October 14. He was scheduled to appear before Makadara Law Courts on October 13 to answer to murder charges.

“We are not sure how he managed to travel all the way from Nairobi to his rural home.  It is the curious villagers who first identified him and went ahead to kill him even before the police could be informed,” Bungoma County Police Commander Musyoki Mutungi said while confirming his death.

Robert Wanjala Watila, the 20-year-old’s father, alleges government officers asked him to declare that he witnessed his son’s postmortem.

“The documents stated that my son had been murdered and that I, his father, witnessed his postmortem. I refused to sign the forms. How could I acknowledge to being a postmortem witness, while in reality, I wasn’t?” Watila says as quoted by The Standard.

He is yet to receive his son’s death certificate, insisting that this delay could “bring a bad omen in his family.”

While acknowledging his son died a murder suspect, he urged the police to release the body of his son in a timely manner, so that he can be laid to rest in line with Bukusu traditions.

“Traditions do not allow Masten to be brought to my homestead through the main gate, but using the fence. That’s because Masten died in my compound, and not outside the homestead,” the 55-year-old added.

Traditionally, Wanjala is supposed to be buried by the riverside, so that as water flows downstream, it washes away his sins and bad omen. But the family will be forced to bury him within the homestead.

“If I dare do that, the government would come after me, saying I encroached on riparian land,” Watila adds.

DCI investigations placed Wanjala at the centre of more than 10 murder cases involving minors.


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