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Fear grips Mwingi North village as widow’s decomposing body discovered in community well is buried

Fear grips Mwingi North village as widow’s decomposing body discovered in community well is buried
Catholic priest Fr. Flavian Mwendwa (Right) leads the last prayers on Saturday (November 12, 2016) during the burial of the late Rhoda Muingo Musili, 60 whose body was found in a community well three weeks ago. PHOTO | MWINGI TIMES.
  A somber mood engulfed a remote village in Kitui County as hundreds of
mourners gathered on Saturday during the burial ceremony of a woman who was killed mysteriously three weeks ago.
 Family members, villagers and local leaders thronged Kimela village in Masyungwa division, Mwingi North constituency to bid farewell to the late Rhoda Muingo Musili 60,
whose body was found in a well after she was killed by unknown people on her way home a day after the Mashujaa Day.
  According to close family members, the deceased went missing for three days before her body was discovered by the villagers floating in the
highly frequented 80-feet water well which is located barely a
kilometer from her homestead.
“She was on her way home from Masyungwa market on October 21, when she
met her death. We did not know where she was until the following day after she failed to show up,” said the Late’s daughter Ms Dorcas
Mwende recounting her lost moment with her mother.
 To the villagers and people who knew Ms Musili well, her death renewed
their memories on how her husband Mr Musili Mathuva disappeared for good in the hands of cruel shiftas who invaded the area in 1987. To date they have neither found him nor his body.

  After the misery more than 28 years ago, Ms Musili singlehandedly
raised her four children. “My mother was very determined and
hardworking. We have lost our only source of hope,” tearfully saidMwende who is the last born in the family. She described her as a peasant farmer who worked tirelessly to put food on their table.
 In an emotionally charged interview with the Mwingi Times Ms Mwende who operates a hotel in the nearby Kasaini shopping centre narrated how the family was traumatized even after the body was discovered because it took more than a week to retrieve the already decomposing
“It was really a hard and trying moment for us as we waited for the
body to be removed. Even after we reported to the police they said they would do nothing because the well was very deep,” Ms Mwende said.  It took the intervention of the area MP John Munuve who sought assistance from the
National Disaster Management in Nairobi.

  She said they lived in fear of being attacked as they suspected a neighbor who had a dispute after his donkeys grazed in their mother’s
farm was behind the killing of the mother. She asked the government to hasten investigation and bring to book those who could have been involved in the brutal murder of their

  Local leaders led by Mr Munuve and MCAs Kilonzo Kauthi (Tseikuru) and Nzungi Ngwele (Ngomeni) condemned the incident and called on the locals to furnish security agents with information that would lead to the arrest of key suspects.

  Mr Munuve said he was closelyworking with the Kyuso Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) toensure justice to the family. “I am requesting whoever could be having any information to avail it to the police so that we can have those
involved in this dreadful brought to book,” said.
  Mr Ngwele and Mr Kauthi asked the police to hasten investigations.
“Matters of security lie squarely with the national government and we want the police to probe this matter seriously,” said Mr Ngwele adding that “it was horrible to kill a woman and dump her body in a well where the people fetched water.”

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