. The mother visited the son’s compound and noticed doors to his main house were locked from inside.
• She alerted neighbours and with assistance from workers, gained entry, after breaking one of the doors.
A prominent businessman from Kitale was found dead at his Kiminini home in Trans Nzoia county on Tuesday night.
Kennedy Muyundo, 58, was the proprietor of the popular Iroko Hotels in Kitale.
The trader in July shot a woman after mistaking her for rogue policewoman Caroline Kangongo.
His mother, Florence Muyundo, 74, toldKenya News Agency officers had launched investigations into the death of her son.
She said, “It was around 7am yesterday when one of the hotel staff called me seeking to establish the whereabouts of Kennedy who had not reported to his workplace and was not picking phone calls.”
The mother visited the son’s compound and noticed doors to his main house were locked from inside.
She alerted neighbours and with assistance from workers, gained entry, after breaking one of the doors.
“It was then that I stumbled on the lifeless and half-naked body of my son lying on the floor of the bedroom,” Florence said.
Police officers at Kiminini station and crime scene personnel from Kitale rushed to the scene.
County Criminal Investigations Officer Francis Kihara confirmed the incident, which has left the business community and residents of Kitale and Kiminini towns in shock.
Preliminary investigations indicated the deceased arrived at his compound about 12.30am on Tuesday.
“Assorted drugs and juice were recovered from the bedroom and will aid the investigation officers establish the possible cause of the death,” said Kihara, adding the body was removed to Cherengany Nursing Home mortuary.
Florence said her son, who is married with three children, lived alone at the time of his death.
“The wife, Vivian, is away in the USA where she had taken their last born to join his sibling who has been living there since 2019,” she revealed.
Florence, who lives in Nairobi but had travelled upcountry since last week, further revealed the son had been ill for a while and was on medication.
“My son has been sick for some time. He first tested positive for Covid-19 before developing a blood clot problem; that’s the reason I have been around to check on him,” she said.
The deceased was seen in a jovial mood on Monday evening at a local club where witnesses claimed he bought drinks for everyone that was present.
The deceased was involved in a much-publicised shooting incident in July this year in which he was accused of assaulting a woman whom he allegedly mistook for rogue policewoman, the late Caroline Kangogo, who was on the run at the time.
“Since the shooting incident which occurred here at Kiminini market, my son has never been the same again but has been experiencing frequent moments of stress,” Florence said.
The deceased who was a licensed gun owner shot Phanice Chemutai Juma, 20, from Kaboiywo, Mt Elgon subcounty, thinking she was Kangogo.
He was arrested and arraigned at Kitale law courts, where he was released was on Sh200,000 cash bail after he denied charges of attempted murder before Chief Magistrate Julius Ng’arng’ar.
Criminal lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, who appeared for the deceased, requested the court to release the accused on bond, citing that his client was unwell and needed to seek medical attention. He argued his client had not intended to cause any harm to Chemutai.
The deceased had told the police he shot Chemutai on suspicion she was the fugitive cop, Kangogo, who was then being sought in relation to the separate but closely connected murder of two men in Nakuru and Thika towns.
Source: The Star