CRY FOR JUSTICE

Family of murdered Busia woman accuses police of cover-up

They say security departments are colluding to botch investigations and help key suspects of the crime escape.

In Summary
  • Margaret Achieng', 51, was abducted in  Siwololo village on the night of  Saturday October 3 and  killed by assailants afew metres from her home.
  • Irate villagers demanded that police track down and apprehend the culprits whom they suspect are from the neighbourhood.
Margaret Achieng' Opio, 51, who was murdered
KILLERS AT LARGE: Margaret Achieng' Opio, 51, who was murdered
Image: CLAUSE MASIKA

The family of a woman who was brutally murdered in Butula subcounty of Busia has accused the local administration and police of laxity in the pursuit of justice.

The family  says security departments are colluding to botch investigations and help key suspects of the crime escape.

The family and residents of Siwololo village in Marachi North ward have demanded thorough investigations.

Margaret Achieng', 51, was abducted in  Siwololo village on the night of  Saturday October 3 and  killed by assailants afew metres from her home.

The killers  reportedly attacked Achieng' on a footpath around 8pm while she returned from a nearby homestead where she had gone to get milk.

Neighbours discovered her  mutilated naked body in a nearby thicket in the morning and raised the alarm.

Her skull was smashed. She also had stab wounds on her neck and face. One toe had been cut off.

Several teeth had also been knocked out during the murder that left residents of Siwololo in utter shock.

The family and a section of the area residents are now accusing the  assistant chief having asked the police to hurriedly remove the body of the deceased from the scene before homicide detectives arrived.

 
 

Irate villagers demanded that police track down and apprehend the culprits whom they suspect are from the neighbourhood.

"We are shocked by the manner in which the woman was killed. Nothing tangible had been done so far and the police are very slow in conducting their investigations," Mark Were, a resident, told the Star.

Brothers of the deceased Barnabas Ouma and John Adeya appealed to the investigative agencies and the county administration to ensure justice was done.

Edited by Henry Makori