Families of four young men lynched by a mob in Kitengele are disputing claims that their sons were cattle rustlers on a mission to steal cattle from a nearby homestead.
According to the families, the four men, two of whom are brothers, left Syokimau on Friday for a birthday party at a relative’s house in Kitengela, only to die in the process. Even though post mortem results revealed that they had both sharp and blunt object injuries on their bodies, police are investigating the incident.
For the second time this week, the family of two brothers, Fredrick Mureithi Wanjiru and Victor Mwangi Wanjiru arrived at the city mortuary. On Monday, they were there to identify the bodies of loved ones who had gone missing the previous Saturday.
The bereaved family recounting the Saturday incident, which occurred a day after the four friends reportedly left their Syokimau homes on their sports bikes to celebrate the birthday of one of them, Victor Mwangi Wanjiru, who is 25 years old.
The four were reportedly on an after-party motor racing between Kitengela and Isinya in Kajiado on the fateful day between noon and 9 pm when one motorcycle broke down.
They were attacked by local herdsmen who accused them of plotting to steal their livestock while attempting to repair the motorcycle, and all four were killed on the spot.
“Walikuwa wanatengeneza pikipiki… wakaenda testing about 7km away wakauawa huko… vile tulisoma ni kama mob justice… lakini kulingana na polisi haikuwa ni uhalifu walikuwa starehe zao…,” said Maina Mureithi, the uncle.
Police are investigating the killings in Kitengela and their counterparts in Isinya, who are on the lookout for those responsible.
Meanwhile, the two brothers’ families have moved their loved ones’ bodies from City Mortuary to Kenyatta University Referral Hospital Mortuary. They will be laid to rest in their Nyandarua County home.