What 7 bodies? Police dismiss reports on bodes retrieved from River Yala

What 7 bodies? Police dismiss reports on bodes retrieved from River Yala

By Joshua Cheloti

The National Police Service (NPS) has dismissed reports that another seven bodies were recently recovered from River Yala.

A local media recently reported a fresh discovery of the bodies but according to the NPS spokesperson Bruno Shioso, the reports are inaccurate.

In a statement shared on their social media pages, Shioso noted that not all the seven bodies were picked from River Yala which has for the last few months been in the limelight over the floating dead bodies.

“Whereas it is true that seven dead bodies are at the local Yala Sub County mortuary, not all are associated with a ‘retrieval’ from the Yala River as alleged,” said the NPS spokesperson in the statement.

“Each body has specific and different history and circumstances from each other,” he added.

The police note that of the seven cases, one is for the sudden death of an unknown person who collapsed and died at Wagai Market. The individual remains unidentified to date.

There is also another case of mob injustice from Malanga area while the other is of suspected drowning taken to the mortuary by neighbouring Khwisero Police station.

Only two other bodies were retrieved from River Yala, the police spokesperson said.

Other remaining cases are for hit and run traffic accidents and a suspected suicide drowning which the police note was witnessed by members of the public who found a suicide note.

“In all these cases, local and neighbouring police are fully seized, are coordinating and investigating with a view of establishing the identity of deceased persons including probable causes of their respective deaths,” noted the police.

The National Police Director of Corporate Communications further revealed that inquest filed have been opened as per the law.

River Yala has been making headlines, all for the wrong reasons, with multiple discoveries of dead bodies, that have been worrying locals and human rights activists.


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