Family in Thika appeals to government to release their son’s detained skull


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A family in Thika, Kiambu County is pleading with the government to release the remains of their son who was mauled to death by hyenas two years ago.

The deceased; Joseph Njuguna, who was 63 years old, was attacked by a pack of hyenas at Komo village in Kilimambogo hills while grazing livestock.

Two days after the attack, the family came across a few body parts among them ribs, intestines, bones, hair and tattered clothes that the deceased was wearing on the ill-fated day.

According to Fredrick Kahuha, a younger brother to the deceased, police advised them to keep the remains at home to avoid huge costs of having to store the body parts in a mortuary as investigations into the matter continue.

Several days later, part of the skull of the deceased was recovered and taken by police for DNA analysis to ascertain whether it matched his other body parts.

Two years on, the distressed family is still waiting for communication from the police and a release of the skull for them to bury the deceased. The other remains are still kept in a green sack in the family house.

The brother to the deceased says police officers who took up the matter have been unresponsive.

“Every time family members see this sack, they get terrified and disturbed. So we are asking the government to release Njuguna’s remains so that we can bury him and move on,” said Mr. Kahuha.

Meanwhile, residents of the village say they are living in fear over threat of attack by hyenas, noting that the Kenya Wildlife Service has ignored their pleas for help.

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