One of the key suspects who had been eluding police’s dragnet since the grisly murders of four elderly ladies in Marani two years ago on the grounds of suspected witchcraft had been apprehended by police in Kisii County.
The culprit, Vincent George Masembe alias “Tiba,” was apprehended while loitering outside the Kisii Law Courts, according to Marani OCPD Benjulife Munuve, who spoke to press on Tuesday afternoon.
With Tiba’s arrest, there are now 15 suspects in jail; the 35-year-old will be charged in court after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
After the incident was reported, police have stepped up their search for three additional individuals who are still at large.
The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), along with representatives of the Utu Coalition, applauded the development and emphasized that the relatives of the victims must receive justice, regardless of how long the justice system swings back and forth.
In October 2021, scenes involving the public lynching of elderly women and the destruction of property with an unknown value caught the nation’s attention.
Human rights watch has also received reports of gruesome elderly murders in the counties of Kilifi, Murang’a, Lamu, and Nyeri.