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Family still living with remains of loved one three years after attack




It has now emerged that a family from Komo village in Thika has been living with the remains of their loved one for three years.

Joseph Njuguna was killed by a hyena and his remains identified from the torn clothes left after the attack.

Officers from Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) carried the deceased’s head to the government laboratory in Nairobi but have not returned it since.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Fredrick Kahuha, brother to the deceased said the police asked them to keep the remains awaiting the postmortem results.

“The then OCS advised that we keep the rest of the bones in our house to avoid high mortuary charges because the case would take a bit long,” said Kahuha.

Their request to KWS have fallen on deaf ears since then.

Kahuha narrated the distress that the family has been through having been unable to give their kin a befitting send off.

“I have had sleepless nights since then, I don’t sleep when I remember my son, especially when I see those remains,” said Margaret Njeri, the deceased’s mother.

Area residents continually lament over increased attacks from wild animals in the area.

They note that children have to be escorted to and from school as they fear being attacked.

KWS has in the past warned Kenyans over increased cases of human wildlife conflict as the dry spell displaces animals from their natural habitat.

Upon inquiry at the KWS headquarters, they were not aware of the case and asked that the family writes to the Director General and follow with a call.


Speaking to Citizen Digital on phone, Paul Udoto from KWS communications department said the matter will be resolved once the family writes an official letter to the agency so that protocol is followed.

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