NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4- An autopsy report on the bodies of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and their cab driver is set to be released on Tuesday, revealing the circumstances that led to their death.
The exercise was carried out at the Kenyatta National Hospital morgue after their bodies were transferred from the City Mortuary in a process led by the Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Odour.
An official from the hospital told Capital News that the report was likely to be released Tuesday after a daylong analysis, “due to the sensitivity of the matter.”
The trio had body injuries, with a lawyer who saw Kimani’s body saying they underwent torture before they were killed and dumped into a river in Ol Donyo Sabuk area, in Machakos County.
The lawyer revealed that part of Kimani’s three fingers had been chopped off among other injuries inflicted on him.
The three were tied with ropes on the hands and their legs firmly strapped together while one has a broken leg and eyes gorged out, an indication that they were tortured before they were killed.
Kimani was representing a boda boda rider (Josephat Mwenda) who had sued an Administration Police officer for assault and attempted murder after allegedly shooting at him, leaving him with injuries.
On Thursday June 23, the lawyer had gone to Mavoko Law Courts for the proceedings of the case while accompanied by Mwenda.
They were being driven by taxi driver Muiruri when they were all abducted on Mombasa Road and taken into an Administration Police camp in Mlolongo, according to investigations so far, which has shown that that was their last known location, before they went missing.
They were however, not booked in the Occurrence Book as suspects or for any other reason as required in the Police Standing Orders.
The vehicle they were using was later recovered on the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway days later.
It is the recovery of their vehicle that prompted a massive search after their family members reported them missing.
While at the AP camp in Mlolongo, the lawyer is said to have scribbled his wife’s number on a paper which he threw out of the window to people who were outside, with instructions that they inform his wife of his detention.
“The paper was later handed over to other police officers at the station and is part of the evidence, because a government document examiner has confirmed that the handwriting belong to the lawyer,” a police officer privy to the investigation told Capital FM News, pleading to remain anonymous because he is not authorised to brief the media on an active investigation.
CID officers who examined the phone records of the three filed a report showing that their mobile phones’ signals picked up last in three different locations – two in Nairobi and another in Western Kenya.
It is believed that the one found in Western Kenya was delivered there by a courier to misdirect investigations when their search commences as part of ruining evidence.
“The other two (phones) must have been dropped intentionally. These are people who knew well what they were doing and were erasing evidence from the beginning,” our source said.
The executions of the three have attracted widespread condemnation amid mounting pressure on the government to unravel the real culprits.