Emotions high as Peter Mutuku is buried in Kangundo after his body was found in River Yala

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Family and friends of Peter Mutuku at his grave where he was laid to rest in Kangundo. (Photo -Courtesy)

Emotions went high in Syanthi, Kangundo as friends and family of the late Peter Mutuku congregated for his burial. Mutuku’s body was among the over 20 bodies recovered in River Yala last month.

Speaker after Speaker they called on the Government to serve them justice and let them know what happened to their son who was hijacked in December only to be found killed and his body dumped in River Yala.

Speaking at the burial the daughter said he greatly missed his dad mourning him as a loving and caring father.

“Peter Mutuku was my dad and I really miss him. He was a helpful person, loving and caring. I and my mum were so loved. I ask the Government to inform us how my dad died and fast-track the investigations.” The daughter narrated in tears.

His wife of 12 years mourned him as a loving partner who cared for his family.

“We got married in 2010 and we have been living peacefully. We have two children one in Class 5 and another in class 1. We thank the Government for fast-tracking DNA identification. We are however yet to receive the postmortem report to know what happened to Peter.” She said.

Mutuku’s mother narrated how the family had gone through a tough time since his kidnapping in December until they got reports that there were bodies in River Yala when they traveled and identified their kin.

“Mutuku is my second born. I loved him much. He disappeared in December and we have visited mortuaries and hospitals to find him all in vain. We got media reports in January that there were 23 bodies that were dumped in River Yala and we found his body was among those.” Mutuku’s mother said.

According to speakers at the funeral, Mutuku was a jovial person who was social even with locals at the village and didn’t seem to have any issue with anyone.

Mutuku was a former General Service Unit officer based at the headquarters and was a close friend to Chepkwony. The two went missing on December 2, 2021, as they drove in a hired car to Kericho. The car was found abandoned in Gilgil.

Mutuku and Chepkwony were arrested alongside Timothy Kamonde Kaguru and charged in 2018 with stealing a lorry belonging to the Narok county government. They also had faced another charge of being in possession of ammunition without a firearm certificate.