Teenagers Among Five Detained Over Chiloba Murder

"We need 21 days to conclude investigations since a postmortem is yet to be performed," Mumba explained.

Five suspects in LGBTQ activist Chiloba’s murder have been detained for 21 days pending directions from the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.

Eldoret Law Courts granted police permission to detain the five suspects in connection with the death of LGBTQ activist Edwin Kiprotich Kiptoo aka Chiloba after the Court was convinced that indeed the Investigating officer had grounded sufficient grounds to detain them.

Senior Principal Richard Odenyo gave the police 21 days to hold the suspects in order to complete the investigations.

The five include the principal suspect, Jackton Odhiambo, and three minors.

Eldoret South DCI Stephen Mumba had filed a motion with the court, demanding that the suspects be detained so that the investigation could be completed.

“We need 21 days to conclude investigations since a postmortem is yet to be performed,” Mumba explained.

He said that the car used to convey and dump the corpse, as well as the residence where he lived, needed to be forensically examined.

He also stated that he attempted to obtain CCTV video of the location where Chiloba and Odhiambo were previous to his murder.

Mumba also stated that the deceased’s cellphone was yet to be recovered.

“Other suspects have yet to be apprehended. We are concerned about a compromise in the investigations. The accused are in danger of fleeing. If they are freed on bond, they may suffer harm “Mumba said.

Odhiambo had requested bail, alleging that his family would perish if he remained in detention.