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Young Boda boda rider buried in emotional send-off

A Boda boda rider who was last week found murdered has been buried at an emotional send-off at his Isaangwa village home in the outskirts of Kitui town.
Parents of the murdered Boda boda rider Joseph Musee and Florence Muthingu lay the wreath on his casket during the burial on Friday./MWINGI TIMES

The lifeless body was on Friday last week found in the Slaughter Estate of Kitui town in the wee hours of the morning. He was popularly known as Rasta due to his dreadlock and goatee.

During the Friday tearful burial of the late Johnson Nzomo, 31, his father Joseph Musee moved mourners by telling them he was lost for words, full of sorrow, pain and heart-broken that his son was killed in the most inhumane way.

He said should any person who was involved in the murder of his son was at the burial to establish where their victim was being interred, it was time to repent as punishment for them was nigh.

“No person who commits sin before God has a place to hide. They killed him under the cover of darkness and secretly in the middle of the night either for their own volition or as hired assassins but God is omnipresent,” said Musee.

He urged the mourners to remember his family in prayer so that the truth about his slain son would come to be known as he lamented that his son who was young had preceded him in death.

The Chairman of the Isaangwa youth Martin Mutua said it was upon the authorities to ensure that the family of the late Nzomo got justice by ensuring that his killers were brought to book.

On the morning of Friday last week, residents of the Slaughter estate woke up to the sight of the body of the Bodaboda rider lying beside the road. His head bore wounds caused by a blunt object.

Police officers led by Kitui OCPD Peter Karanja arrived at the scena and took the body to Kitui County Referral Hospital morgue. 

A cousin of the deceased, James Munyoki, then said on Thursday night he was having a drink with friends a bar near the Kitui town slaughterhouse.  At around 2am, he realized he had lost his motor bike’s key.

“We were told it was when he excused himself to rush to his nearby home at Isaangwa where he picked his motor bike’s duplicate key. He was attacked on the way back,” Munyoki told reporters then.

However, the narrative on the death of the Boda boda rider has since changed with police arresting people who were having drinks with him on the night he died as the main murder suspects.

It is believed that he was killed in a bar and his body dumped by the road a short distance away to give the impression that he was attacked by thugs.

The Kitui Central Police Commander Peter Karanja confirmed that three main murder suspects have already been arraigned in court and investigator given more time to hold them for interrogation as the probe gets underway.


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