NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – Four guards were on Monday night slashed to death on a disputed piece of land in Ngara, Nairobi, sparking protests by mechanics and traders in the area.
The guards were killed on the piece of land that has had a long-standing dispute between a group of mechanics and a city mosque.
The land has since been fenced off from the public and a makeshift structure constructed inside where the guards were attacked.
Starehe Police Chief Barasa Wabomba says one of the guards succumbed to the injuries as he was undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
“We received reports of the killings at around 7am where our police rushed to the scene and indeed found the three bodies,” he confirmed.
Another guard is undergoing treatment at the Guru Nanak Hospital where Wabomba says he is in stable condition and is helping police in the ongoing investigations.
“For the one at Guru Nanak, he is in stable condition and he has given us information that is very promising… it constitutes a lead by itself,” he stated.
“Four pangas have been recovered there and have blood stains.”
Over 30 assailants are believed to have been ferried to the disputed plot for the attack according to the police.
“This is a brutal and heinous act… any information given will be treated as confidential and if it can help arrest these attackers, that could really help our investigations and the country,” he pointed out.
He said the motive of the killings was yet to be established saying they were also seeking information from the owners of the plot.
Central Division Criminal Investigation Officer Richard Bitok said they are investigating the matter but no suspect has been arrested so far.
The land is located less than two kilometres from the Central Police Station and also near the Globe Cinema Interchange where there are frequent police patrols since it’s a hot spot of crime.