10 July 2012

Kenya: Limuru Surveyor Killed in Family Land Dispute

The family of a surveyor in Kiambu is mourning after he was found murdered over the weekend. John Muraya's wife Peris Wanjiru said she was informed of her husband's demise through a relative. Muraya had been called by the family of James Muchira to subdivide a six-acre peace of land among his five sons at Ngecha village in Limuru.

While at the farm, tow of Muchiri's sons, who were unhappy with the subdivision, and armed with pangas, stormed and a scuffle ensued. Kiambu West deputy OCPD Jonathan Kisaka said Muraya was hit on the head. He fell unconscious and was rushed to Tigoni District Hospital. He was later referred to Kenyatta National Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. "One of the sons hit and injured him severely on the head. He was rushed to Tigoni District Hospital and later rushed to Kenyatta national Hospital where he died on Saturday morning," said Kisaka.

He said that they have arrested the suspect, Nicholas Kamau, who will be arraigned in court with murder charges. Kisaka said Muraya's brother, who had accompanied him during the exercise lost a finger while he tried to defend himself. Muraya's family said he was the sole bread winner of the family and asked that justice be served.

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