The Star (Nairobi)

17 May 2013

Kenya: Man Admits Killing Kin Over Land

POLICE in Kitui yesterday arrested a 35-year-old man for allegedly killing his elder brother over a land dispute and dumping the body in a pit latrine for about two and half months.

A herder on Wednesday discovered the decomposing body of Musembi Musyoka ,57, who had gone missing since March 2, in the bush near the suspect's home. Villagers who arrived at the scene after the herds boy raised alarm fingered the deceased's younger brother as the likely killer.

The suspect murderer, Kinyalili Musyoka of Kyaani area in Kasaini location of Matinyani district, is being held in custody together with two other people believed to have colluded with him to conceal the murder.

The Matinyani deputy County Commissioner John Kinjo said the chief for the area, Grace Mutema, had informed him that after being arrested, the suspect owned up to killing his brother over a land dispute.

Kinjo said that on the day the body was discovered in the thicket, the villagers had threatened to raid the suspects home and "because they believed he had killed his brother and concealed the body somewhere within his compound."

"It was the suspect himself who, after arrest, spilled the beans and said that he had initially hidden his brother's body in a pit latrine. The suspect said he was helped to remove the body from the latrines after it became overt that members of the public would invade his home," said Kinjo.

He said that two men from the neighbouring Kauma village who allegedly helped the suspect retrieve the body from the pit latrine were later arrested at Matinyani market later on Wednesday as they tried to escape.

Kinjo said the three suspects were handed over to the Kitui OCPD Lilian Okembe for the law to take its course. The body of the deceased is being preserved at the Kitui district hospital morgue.

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