Police officers in Machakos have intensified investigations into the death of a man whose body was found lying along the Nairobi – Garissa highway on Sunday, November 13.
In a police report, the police ruled out a possible accident as the cause of the death of the man identified as Joseph Kyalo Nzui.
According to the authorities, the Sunday incident was murder disguised as a road accident.
The incident had earlier been reported at Kithyoko Police station in Masinga sub-county as a hit-and-run accident.
“It was reported by area assistant chief Mr. Daniel Nzomo Muthoka that there was hit and run accident along Matuu – Kithyoko road about 10 kilometres South West of the station," a police report read in part.
Police officers from the station visited the scene and found a lifeless body of a young man lying down covered with a cloth.
Present were traffic personnel who later established that the incident was not an accident but murder, police said.
According to the police officers, the body of the 42-year-old man had deep sharp cuts on the head and the stomach. Some parts were also missing.
“Also, his private parts were severed off,” an officer said.
The team believes the deceased was killed elsewhere and the body dumped on the highway.
"This body might have been dumped here after he was murdered elsewhere. There are no signs that he was killed in a road accident," another officer told a local publication.
The body of the deceased was moved to Mbaku mortuary awaiting autopsy.
The incident comes amid increasing cases of insecurity in several parts of the country, especially in the neighbouring county of Nairobi.
A section of Kenyans has taken to different social networks to call on relevant authorities over the resurgence of criminal gangs terrorising residents.
Notable leaders such as former Kiambu governor William Kabogo have also raised concern over the matter and subsequently asked President William Ruto to intervene.
"We must now unite more than ever against crime. We cannot be spectators of criminal gangs terrorizing Kenyans as we watch. We must take up our space and say enough is enough. If we don't stop this now there's gonna be a big problem for our country," he stated.
"This is the beginning of a very serious problem, if not dealt with ruthlessly, we’re in for big trouble as a nation. Rule of law is all we need period," he added.
On his part, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja sent a stern warning to armed robbers terrorising city residents after he lost a close friend to the thugs.
Speaking at AIPCA church in Dandora, Nairobi county on Sunday the outspoken governor disclosed that his administration was seeking plans to deal with the menace.
The county boss pleaded with the youth terrorizing residents to stop the heinous act and promised to offer them job opportunities.
"Vitu mbili zitafanya uwe adui yangu, kuchafua Nairobi na kuingia kwa 'crime'. Vijana wa Nairobi mnaniangusha, wachaneni na hii maneno, mtaumia…we are serious," he stated.
"Nitawapea nafasi za kazi na biashara, wacheni kuibia watu. Nimepoteza rafiki wangu 2 weeks ago kwa kudungwa kisu…Nitakutana na IG Koome kesho, ili tuwe na suluhisho ya hii crime,"he added.
At the same time, the governor also urged parents to counsel youths against engaging in criminal activities.
Ruto speaks on muggings
Earlier Ruto asked the National Police Service (NPS) to deal decisively with cases of insecurity such as muggings and banditry.
The Head of State said the police service was well-resourced and independent to execute its mandate.
“Muggings, cattle rustling or other cases of insecurity must stop,” he said.
The President was speaking at State House, Nairobi, when he met the new Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome who took the oath of office on Friday, November 11.
While calling for professionalism in service delivery to Kenyans, the President asked the Inspector General and the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to work together.
“We want a professional police service; the sticky issues of ethnicity, nepotism or cronyism should no longer exist,” he noted.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof. Kithure Kindiki and Deputy Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow were among senior state officials who attended the meeting at State House on Friday.
Similarly, the IG warned those advancing criminal activities against innocent people noting that stern action will be taken against perpetrators.