8 Jan. (EUROPA PRESS) –
At least four people have been arrested in connection with the murder of the prominent activist for the rights of the Kenyan LBGTQ community Edwin Chiloba, whose lifeless body was found last Tuesday in Uasin Gishu county, in the west of the country, mutilated and with signs of strangulation.
The detainees have been identified as a photographer who works in Nairobi, the capital, and a possible acquaintance of Chiloba. The other three people are a cousin and a friend of the suspect, and a taxi driver who could have helped transport the body in a metal box to a road in the municipality of Kapsaret, where it was found. His eyes had been gouged out of his face.
The vehicle in which the activist was transported has been seized by the authorities, police investigator Peter Kimulwa has confirmed.
The photographer, a 24-year-old identified as Jackton Odhiambo and considered the main suspect, will remain under police custody for the next few days while the agents try to clarify the motive for the murder of the 25-year-old activist and model, reports the Kenyan newspaper ‘The Nation ‘.
The Kapsaret Police Commander, John Odhiambo, has transferred to the Citizen TV channel his suspicion that the murder could have been the result of a romantic crisis, without giving further details.
The NGO Amnesty International has regretted the murder and asked that the investigation be resolved as soon as possible, before recalling that Chiloba had been the target of attacks in the past.