Activists demand thorough probe into TI worker’s murder

Members of Kisumu-based human rights lobbies tell the DCI hunt down culprits

In Summary

• Caren, 45, was found murdered on Tuesday at the Transparency International offices in Riat area near Kisumu Specialist Hospital along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway.

• She was stabbed twice in the chest.

Crime scene
INSECURITY: Crime scene

Human rights activists in Kisumu on Wednesday demanded a thorough investigation into the murder of a Transparency International support staff.

The team, led by Chris Owala, told DCI boss George Kinoti to arrest and charge the killers of Caren Okoth. Owala said they were shocked to learn of the heinous act. They want the culprits punished.  

"The lady was not following up any sensitive case and we don't know the motive behind the killing," he said.

Caren, 45, was found dead on Tuesday at TI offices in Riat near Kisumu Specialist Hospital along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway.

Owala said the incident was not normal burglary. The attackers are said to have gained access to the house after cutting the kitchen window. Caren came from Kajulu, Kisumu East subcounty, but had been staying in one of the rooms at the NGO’s offices. Her body was found lying in a pool of blood by her colleagues on Tuesday morning.

The criminals also stole three computers and assorted office items during the incident. Caren was stabbed twice in the chest. She is suspected to have been raped before being killed as her body was found half-naked. The colleagues immediately informed the police.

Kisumu East subcounty police commander Ezekiel Sing'oe said the murder was committed at around 2am on Tuesday.

“It is reported that the unknown number of criminals broke into the NGO’s offices, ransacked and killed the woman,” he said on the phone.

Sing’oe said investigations are underway. He, however, asked members of the public to volunteer any crucial information to the police.