KWS Officer Missing

Oyaro, who was based in Marsabit National Park, had applied for leave and was granted to be away from duty on condition that he would resume on September 6, 2021.

KWS Officer Missing

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has appealed to members of the public to help find Francis Isaac Awuor Oyaro, an assistant warden who has been missing for close to one month.

In a statement, Oyaro, who was based in Marsabit National Park, had applied for leave and was granted to be away from duty on condition that he would resume on September 6, 2021. 

The officer had travelled from the Marsabit Police Station on Saturday, August 28 using a KWS van heading to Nairobi, and alighted in Nanyuki town to connect to Nakuru at about midday to see his family. 

Missing KWS officer Francis Oyaro. /TWITTER

However, his sister on Wednesday, September 1 called and informed the Marsabit National Park Deputy Senior Warden that the officer had not arrived home on the promised day.

The Deputy Senior Warden then reported the officer's disappearance to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) based in Marsabit County. 

"KWS is cooperating with the investigative agency to trace the officer and would like to urge the public to report any information that may assist the investigation to the nearest police station or KWS station," read KWS' statement in part. 

Oyaro's boss, Kitavi Kaloki, had informed his wife, Veronica Osore, that the van he was travelling in had a driver and two other female colleagues. They, who safely arrived in Nairobi, claimed that the officer indeed alighted the vehicle at Nanyuki.   

The claims were confirmed by a person who claimed to have personally know the detective and insisted he spotted him in the town. 

“They snatched his phone. He asked them to explain why they were trailing him yet they had met the previous day. They took his bag and led him into their car," the anonymous caller narrated. 

The caller explained that as they were aboard a matatu heading to Nakuru, they were stopped Naro Moru by people he believed were known to the officer. 

Dressed in civilian clothes, the occupants in the black saloon car had halted the matatu and ordered Oyaro to alight after presenting identification to the driver. 

The family hinted foul play on Oyaro whom they stated was in a sensitive department.

Veronica Osore, Wife of the Missing officer, at Her Home. /THE STANDARD