Police “hit squad” blamed for Yala river killings

DCI Director George Kinoti has sent a team of special detectives to help unravel the mystery of the corpses and their identity. MUHURI national co-coordinator Yusuf Kangethe said they had received reports from several families in Mombasa whose loved ones had gone missing

By The Weekly Vision Online

Human rights activists from HAKI Africa and MUHURI have blamed the police for the murder of up to 19 people whose un-identified bodies were retrieved from river Yala in Siaya County.

Haki Africa national director Husein Mohamed challenged the police to identify the corpses and investigate the killings. He claimed several people who had gone missing in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Nakuru may have been murdered and dumped into the river.

Mr Mohamed said some of the corpses bore torture marks while others had been tied up in sacks and dumped into the river. Villagers near river Yala claimed they had spotted the corpses on several occasions, almost daily floating in the water! There are now wide fears that more bodies belonging to people who had mysteriously gone missing could be already dead and in the water.

DCI Director George Kinoti has sent a team of special detectives to help unravel the mystery of the corpses and their identity. MUHURI national co-coordinator Yusuf Kangethe said they had received reports from several families in Mombasa whose loved ones had gone missing.

He challenged the police to extend investigations to other rivers like the Odonyo Sabuk in Narok where corpses with torture marks had been recovered. He said families with missing relatives should be helped to identify the corpses even if it means taking DNA samples.

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