NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – A cloud of mystery still surrounds the brutal killing of four men whose bodies were found dumped in a vehicle in Gitaru area of Kiambu County last week.
They all had serious injuries on their heads and marks on their necks, indicating they were strangled before they were killed.
One of the bodies has been identified as that of doctor David Chege, 51, who was based in Dandora, and was killed 24 hours after the death of his son, who was shot by police for allegedly being a criminal, but the family insists it was a case of mistaken identity.
Detectives are trying to piece together the information they have gathered in a bid to unravel the motive of the killings, the latest of such in a period of few weeks.
“We have crucial leads and we believe the culprits will be brought to book,” King’eero Police boss Joseph Ongaya told Capital FM News.
Queries on whether Chege was executed by the police have emerged since he is said to have been complaining about the killing of his son who was shot dead alongside another suspect.
And if so, who are the three other men who were found dead with him?
Police are now investigating the link between complaints the doctor had lodged and the shooting that led to his death and that of the three other men whose bodies were found in the abandoned car.
Detectives made a major breakthrough on Monday after all bodies were identified.
The other three according to police are Lawrence Mwangi, 45, who hails from Mwea, Shadrack Njuguna, 39, a vendor in Huruma Estate and a bus conductor based in Nairobi, Martin Musyoka, 38.
– CAPITAL FM MEETS CHEGE’S FAMILY –
On Monday, Capital FM News visited Chege’s home in Nguirubi in Limuru Constituency, where grief-stricken relatives are trying to come to terms with the loss of a father and his son.
It is evident from their faces even as they ponder over the future, which has been blurred by grief and the fear of the unknown.
“We are already worried since we don’t know what will happen next,” a brother to Chege told Capital FM News before explaining why they were not willing to grant the crew an interview.
The brother, who did not want to be named, said “it is no longer about justice…we want to come to terms with what has befallen our family. We are sad.”
Chege was the 6th born in a family of 12 children.
“Let the police do their work. If we get to know the truth, we shall be grateful,” the brother said in a dismissive tone.
– LOCAL POLICE VIEWS –
Area police officers spoke to Capital FM News did not have kind words for the deceased and the family.
They made allegations which the family did not have a chance to substantiate since they refused to be interviewed.
But even so, it is not clear who killed Chege, why and who the three other men are.
– UNRESOLVED MURDERS –
The trend of kidnapping, killings and dumping seem to be on the rise in a worrying wave that comes in an election year, though no case has been linked to politics.
Early this month, three brothers and a cousin were found killed and dumped in Kieni Forest in Kiambu County, several kilometres away from their home in Naivasha.
The four had gone to register as voters a few meters from their house in Nakuru County before they could proceed to work according to their family, when they were kidnapped.
The three brothers are Paul Mutunga 31, Paul Mwai 26 and Daniel Ikenye 22.
A special team of homicide experts from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations took over the investigation but, weeks later nothing has been reported – not even an arrest.
The country has had to come to terms with such killings leaving disturbing queries.
In all the incidents, the killing seems ‘professional’ since no traces of evidence are left other than circumstances that can link police to the killings.
Lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were last year found killed and dumped in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County.
Police officers were accused of the killings and have since been arrested and taken to court.