Mai-Mahiu residents want thorough investigations on dumped bodies

By KBC Reporter

Residents of Mai Mahiu want thorough investigations to unearth the truth behind bodies being dumped in the area.

The residents claim the trend of dumping bodies without identification papers next to the camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) is worrying.

They say there has been a mystery surrounding the bodies with a recent recovery being that of youth who were traced to Nairobi’s Kangemi area.

According to the residents close to ten bodies have been found dumped near the camps of Internally Displaced Persons in Mai Mahiu this year alone.

They say recently bodies of youths without identification papers were recovered only to realize they came from Kangemi in Nairobi and that they were last seen at the hands of police.

At the same time Bishop David Thagana of Glory Outreach Assembly has asked the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to begin fresh vetting of police officers.

Bishop Thagana asked the NPSC to come up with new criteria to ensure that the officers that are vetted are fit to work.

Thagana whose Church presided over the burial service of Joseph Muiruri at Magumu village in Kinangop over the weekend said it was shocking to see “a reformed police service engage in anarchic activities of killing innocent Kenyans.”

A senior officer who did not want to be named due to the sensitive nature of the issue said they collected four bodies that were dumped in the stretch of the highway last month alone.

“Most of these bodies have injuries ranging from strangling while others seem to have been hit by blunt objects and bleed to death”.

According to the chairman of the Jikaze IDP camp in Mai Mahiu, Mohammed Maina, some of the bodies recovered are decomposed a clear indication that they could have overstayed there.

He said that it is not uncommon for them to stumble on bodies every month adding that many are not known in the semi arid area.

“We believe these bodies are ferried from different locations in the country and dumped here along this busy highway that is used by heavy commercial vehicles”.

On her part a resident Christine Ndinda called on government to investigate the incidents saying that many are living in fear.

“Most of these bodies are found by children going to school and this is traumatizing and we should be told who is doing all this,” she said.

Pressure has been mounting on the police service to fully investigate the killings of lawyer Willy Kimani, Taxi Driver Joseph Muiruri and the lawyer’s client Josphat Mwenda.

  

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