Body of 63 year-old missing man retrieved from pit latrine in Kisii

KISII, Kenya, October 4, 2019 – Villagers in Iringa, South Mugirango, Kisii County   have retrieved the body of a man suspected to have been killed over land dispute and secretly buried  in a pit latrine by his kin.

The deceased, Robinson Kenyanya is said to have gone missing on September 1. A day to prior to his disappearance, he said to have had a quarrel with his kin.

Neighbours suspect the deceased’s killing was as a result of a conspiracy by his step brothers and his sons following a protracted land dispute.  Police got information that the deceased  was killed  and buried  in his step brother  James Ombasa Nyakweba’s  shamba and a banana planted on that spot.

Villagers said he was covered by mounds of earth and boulders heightening their suspicion before storming there and dug out the decomposing body. A villager said a day the Kenyanya disappeared, they heard a distress call from his house, which was suppressed by heavy rains pounding the region then.

Police have already arrested three suspects among them the brother in connection with the murder. The suspects are  Margaret Mokobi  Nyakeya , Omwoyo Kenyanya and James Ombasa Nyakweba.

“The finding of the body forms a breakthrough in what has been a long winding search for the man. We believe those we have in custody will stand trial for his killing,” said County Deputy Commander Caleb Matoke.

The three suspects will be arraigned for murder.  The body was transferred to Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital Mortuary awaiting for postmortem.

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