In Summary
  • Ms Atieno alleges her son was murdered by a Kenya Defence Force (KDF) soldier more than a fortnight ago and that police were attempting a cover-up.
  • For more than two weeks now, the widow and her relatives have taken trips to Pap Onditi Police Station in pursuit of justice for Mr Onyango.
  • Ms Atieno's family refutes the police claims of mob justice, saying the story was "cooked" as part of efforts to help the suspect avoid the long arm of the law.
  • The KDF officer, Mr Nyaoke Odongo and Mr Sylvester Oyoo were arrested on Friday night and arraigned at the Kisumu High Court on Monday.

A tearful Helida Atieno displays a worn out pair of jeans and slippers in front of her mud-walled hut in Nyakach, Kisumu County.

She treasures the two items as they belonged to her son Kevin Onyango, who was killed in cold blood in January.

Ms Atieno alleges her son was murdered by a Kenya Defence Force (KDF) soldier more than a fortnight ago and that police were attempting a cover-up.

"They should be treated as exhibits if indeed the police are serious about getting to the bottom of this matter. They are part of what he was wearing on the day he met his death," she says.

MOB JUSTICE

For more than two weeks now, the widow and her relatives have taken trips to Pap Onditi Police Station in pursuit of justice for Mr Onyango, whom according to the officers there, was killed by a mob after a botched robbery.

The events that led to the man's death began on January 15.

Twenty seven-year-old Abisae Nyaoke Odongo heard thugs breaking into the nearby Sigoti Hill Top Pub within Sigoti Shopping Centre from the rear door.

He raised the alarm so members of the public responded and cornered one Daddy Abongo, 30, beating him senseless, according to a report by the local police.

The pub is reportedly owned by the family of the soldier who has been identified as Michael Onyango Odongo.

Reached for comment on the allegations, Mr Odongo said, "There are rumours all over. I have nothing to say to you.”

VICTIM'S NAME

Ms Atieno's family refutes the police claims of mob justice, saying the story was "cooked" as part of efforts to help the suspect avoid the long arm of the law.

They have taken issue with the name of the victim as stated in the police report, saying he was Kevin Onyango, not Daddy Abongo.

They also claim the incident happened on January 14 at about midnight, not at 8.30am the next day as police said in their report.

'DISAPPEARED'

Ms Atieno narrates that her son returned home at about 11pm that Monday and found Mr Odongo standing behind one of the houses in the compound.

“He came home late and found Mr Odongo inside the compound so he asked him what he was doing there at that time of the night," she says.

"Mr Onyango started chasing Odongo away and that was the last time we saw him alive."

The following morning, they found the trousers and slippers her son had been wearing at his door but he was nowhere to be seen.

HOSPITAL

The family's search for Mr Onyango led them to Nyakach Sub-county Hospital, fondly referred to as Pap Onditi, where they said they found his body with several cuts on the hands and legs and a stab wound on the side of the stomach.

Hospital Superintendent Anfield Agwanda said Mr Onyango was taken to the facility in a critical condition and that he died while being treated.

“He was able to talk when he came though his condition was critical. Medical interventions were done but he succumbed later," said the medic.

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