Kenyan township faces weekend of deaths

September 13, 2010 12:00 am

, NYAHURURU, Kenya, Sep 13 – Five people among them a watchman died in separate incidents in Nyandarua region over the weekend.

Two of them were murdered while a middle aged man was lynched to death by a mob at Magumu village in Nyandarua South district.

Another man committed suicide in his Kipipiri home on Sunday night and the fifth drowned while on a fishing expedition at Lake Ol-Bollosat in Nyandarua West district.

The fisherman identified as Peter Kariuki, 35, had cast his net at night but when he went to check it in the morning found that the net had been swept to a distance inside the lake.

He attempted to swim to get it back but drowned. His body was retrieved and taken to Nyahururu District Mortuary.

Nyandarua divisional police boss Jasper Ombati said that one man was found dead near his home at Busara area in the outskirt of Nyahururu town. The 36-year-old man had serious wounds on his face when the residents found him on Monday morning.

Relatives reported that they last saw the man in Nyahururu town on Sunday only to find his body the following morning. In the second murder case, a watchman at St Paul ACK Church in Engineer was killed by unknown people while on duty.

Mr Ombati noted that it was not clear how the gang accessed the church compound only to hack him to death without stealing anything. An axe was found at the scene of crime.

"They did not steal anything from neither the victim nor the church. We are still investigating why the gang killed the man," he said.
In the lynching incident, the victim had stolen sheep at St Mary\’s village in Magumu when residents pounced on him while trying to escape using a motorcycle.

The police boss said that the angry residents cornered him and set him on fire. He said that they also set his motorcycle alight before the police stepped in and took his body to Naivasha district hospital mortuary.


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