NGO term Tsavo park deaths extra-judicial killings, blame police force

Muslim for Human Rights accuse police of killing the unidentified men [photo courtesy]

The decomposing bodies were found in Kanga, 15km from Mtito-Andei by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers at around 1.30pm on Tuesday.

A police incident report recorded at Mtito-Andei Police Station under OB number 11/26/3/2019 indicated KWS rangers on routine patrols in the park were drawn to the scene by a stench.

“Rangers perceived a foul smell within the national park at Kanga. Upon searching the area, they discovered six bodies of male African adults which were decomposed and naked a kilometre off the Mombasa-Nairobi highway,” the report partly read.

The report also indicated that the victims could have been killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped there. No identification documents were found at the scene. 

Bad state

Police said the bodies were taken to a local mortuary, but our sources confirmed that they had been taken to City Mortuary in Nairobi. This was due to their bad state, and lack of space at Makindu Hospital mortuary, which can only hold 14 bodies.

There were claims that 10 bodies were discovered but KWS communications officer Paul Masela confirmed that only six were found. Kibwezi police boss Ben Chagulo declined to comment on the  matter.

Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed referred us to KWS headquarters for a statement on the matter.

However, a human rights organisation, Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri), alleged it could be a case of extrajudicial killings.

Muhuri alleged that the victims could have been from Coast region and that their bodies were ferried there for wild animals to feed on.

“We highly suspect that these people were killed by police agents. Kenyan police killed them,” claimed Francis Auma, a rapid response officer at Muhuri.

Although they didn’t specifically link any police unit to the killings, they said that extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances were on the rise in Coast and North Eastern regions.