The body of a police officer attached to Embakasi was on Tuesday found in a coffee plantation in Ndia, Kirinyaga County.
According to one of the witnesses, the dead officer’s head had been chopped and had knife wounds, a pointer to possible torture.
“I am really shocked because I was with him. We had met somewhere yesterday evening, but unfortunately today I got reports that he had been killed and his body dumped in the coffee plantation,” a witness noted.
According to a resident, the deceased was an officer at the Embakasi Police Station in Nairobi. It was not clear whether the officer was on holiday or on duty.
Residents alerted police officers in Kirinyaga after finding the body. The police arrived at the scene and took the body to a local mortuary.
The deceased body was found a few metres from his house. Neighbours were in shock as the police drove away with the officer’s lifeless body.
The body was taken to Kerugoya Referral Hospital in Kirinyaga awaiting postmortem to unravel the cause of death.
The reasons behind the murder are yet to be known, but the police have since launched a manhunt for suspects.
An almost similar incident was witnessed in the region on September 1, when residents found the body of a man killed and the head dipped in acid.
Residents of Gichugu in Kirinyaga County were shocked by the discovery of a man’s lifeless body, which was found mutilated and dumped in Njukiine Forest.
Edward Ndiragu, Gichugu sub-county police commander, confirmed the incident, stating that police were called to the crime scene by a group of women who stumbled upon the body while fetching firewood.
“We have just learned that someone is lying in the forest, and he looks dead,” an eyewitness stated.