Man Found Dead in Rongai, Vehicle Burnt To Ash

The vehicle which belonged to the deceased's boss was discovered burnt into ashes in lower Oloontepes village, near Tuala shopping centre.

Man Found Dead in Rongai, Vehicle Burnt To Ash

Detectives are investigating an incident in which a man identified as Eric Okari Mwambora was found dead on Tuesday, June 8 at Ong’ata Rongai in Kajiado County.

According to K24 Digital, the vehicle which belonged to the deceased's boss was discovered burnt into ashes in lower Oloontepes village, near Tuala shopping centre.

Okari was last seen alive on Sunday, June 6 when the vehicle owner identified as Nahashon Mureki allegedly sent him to drop his wife who works as a tutor in Kitui County.

A police van in Kenya. /FILE

The vehicle registration number KBU 759G Toyota Corrola NZE was discovered on Tuesday afternoon burnt almost to no recognition.

According to Mureki, he was alerted by an unknown person that his vehicle was spotted burnt at Tuala before he confirmed that it was actually his vehicle.

On the same day, police had been notified of a body found lying dead along Rimpa road which later turned out to be that of Okari.

Okari is a Ngong-based mechanic and driver and was said to have last spoken to Mureki on Sunday at around 10 pm when he told him he had been arrested at a roadblock manned by police officers.

According to Mureki, Okari then shortly notified him that he had already been released and that he was on his way but from 11 pm his phone went off.

Okari was to drop the vehicle at Mureki’s home in Rankau area a few kilometres from where the vehicle was burnt, two of its tyres missing, with the assailants believed to have been on another vehicle. The vehicle shell pointed out to possible vandalism before it was set on fire.

Since then Mureki claimed that he tried reaching Okari’s wife who, as he added, had not returned home until it emerged on Tuesday that he had been killed by unknown assailants and the vehicle burnt.

Mureki stated that it was routine for him to send Okari who is his mechanic to run errands for him and mostly drive his family when he is engaged elsewhere.

According to police records at Ong’ata Rongai, Okari had physical injuries on the head inflicted using a blunt object.

Mureki has since recorded a statement with the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and police.

Okari’s case mirrors that of Somali-American businessman Mohamud Bashir Mohammed who went missing on Thursday, May 13 only to be found dead on Saturday, May 22. His body was positively identified by his family at the Kerugoya Level 5 Hospital in Kirinyaga County.

Mahmoud was last spotted at an entertainment joint in Miale, Lavington, Nairobi before his disappearance. His car, the make of a Range Rover, was found burnt down at Ngong forest, Kajiado County.

An autopsy report revealed that the deceased was tortured before he was strangled to death.

Bashir Mohammed and (in picture) the charred remains of his Range Rover. /FILE