Tension has engulfed Gakoe village of Gatundu North Sub-County in Kiambu County after four decomposing bodies were found dumped in Kieni forest along the Thika-Naivasha highway.
The bodies were discovered by some Gakoe primary school pupils who were on their way to school when they detected some a foul-smell.Out of curiosity, they wanted to find out the source of the foul smell and spotted the bodies.
The boys reported the matter to their parents, who in turn logged a report at Kamwangi police station.
The bodies are believed to have been dumped in the forest after being murdered elsewhere.
Samwel Wainaina Njiri , a local from Gakoe village told the press that the 4 bodies were discovered only a week after another body was found at the same spot by herdsmen.
“We believe that these people are either killed in Nairobi, Nakuru Muranga or other far off areas and dumped in this forest as there has not been cases of missing persons in this region”, he explained.
Gatundu North Member of Parliament Kigo Njenga, who visited the crime scene, urged the government to approve his proposal of fencing the forest to reduce cases of criminal elements executing their missions in the forest.
Kigo pointed out that the security of his constituents was of paramount importance and should not be compromised adding that the state of a through road around Kieni forest was very bad and posed a major danger to farmers and school going children who use the road daily.
“I am also calling on the national government through the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of government to deploy more police officers to the Gakoe control base so that we secure our people,”Mr. Kigo said.
“The Gakoe police post has only 3 police officers, yet the highway is a busy road that connects Nakuru to Thika, hence the need for more facilitation,” decried the legislator.
Members of the public complained of increased cases of insecurity in the area, calling on the local administration to up their game and provide the inhabitants with adequate security.
They asked the Gatundu North security team to conduct regular operations within the highway, which they said was risky.
“We also want the government to put up road blocks on this highway to increase police presence and monitoring, Moses Karume, a local suggested.
The bodies were collected by Kamwangi police officers and taken to City Mortuary as police launched investigations into the crime.
Area Deputy County Commissioner Tom Marimba confirmed the incident and said that the security apparatus were investigating the case.
He said that the security team needed time to look through the inciden,t adding that the incident was suggestive of a murder done elsewhere and bodies dumped in the forest.