Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Police investigating bodies dumped in western Kenya

Kenyan police say they are sending investigators to the Yala River in western Kenya, where locals are finding bodies in sacks.

The Yala River in western Kenya has become a focus of attention for human rights activists and families of missing persons.

Local residents say five bodies have been found in the river this month alone, including one on Wednesday.

Nicolas Okero was among the divers who retrieved the bodies from the river.

“The bodies are packed tightly in a sack like a parcel. And since July, we have not found anyone from our area who has reported anyone missing,” he said. “Just that day, I retrieved the bodies of two Somali men and they don’t live here. I don’t know where they were killed.”

Okero said he identified the two bodies as Somali based on their physical characteristics. Officials have yet to determine the identities of any of those found.

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In a statement, the local police said that of the 19 bodies discovered in the river in the last two years, five are bodies. Police say that no one has come forward to claim the bodies.

Salome Nduta is the director of Haki Africa, an organization working to promote human rights and justice in Kenya. His organization visited the Yala River and the Yala Hospital morgue on Monday.

“When we reached Yala, we went straight to the morgue where we found 21 unidentified bodies. Most of the bodies were tied, others were found in sacks and others had deep wounds. Still, we had some bodies with polythene on their heads,” she said.

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Dozens of family members of the missing reached Yala in Siaya County after five bodies were found on Wednesday.

One of them is Ismail Okumu, 55, a resident of Mumias city in western Kenya. He is searching for his brother, who was kidnapped 18 months ago by armed men.

“I am in Yala morgue looking for my brother’s body. He was arrested on August 10, 2020 at 1 pm. I never found him. I searched all the morgues, but I could not find him. Whenever I I heard the bodies were found. Somewhere, I go there,” he said.

Bodies have been found under mysterious circumstances in other rivers of Kenya. Last September, 11 bodies were recovered in the Tana River in Garissa County.

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