A Baringo chief who went missing on Tuesday has been found dead in a bush at Olmoran range in Laikipia county.
Grisson Kokoo’s body, which had bullet wounds in the stomach and head, was discovered on Wednesday.
The Ng’elecha chief was reportedly called by unknown people who asked him to record a statement with police.
He left his home to record the statement at Ng’elecha police post at around 6pm but did not return.
“We found his body dumped in the forest and sprayed with bullets,” Benson Wendot, a relative, said.
The body was taken to Nyahururu hospital mortuary pending investigations.
Wendot said they fear he might have been hijacked and killed by armed bandits from a neighboring community.
The chief’s death has raised fears of the escalation of retaliatory attacks in Baringo and Laikipia counties.
Mochongoi in Baringo South and the border of Laikipia were tense on Thursday following the mysterious killing of the chief.
Baringo county commissioner Peter Okwanyo denied claims the administrator had been booked for arrest.
“We were not aware of this,” he said, noting he only ordered the arrest of chiefs Philip Aremo of Korosi location and Samson Kala of Amaya location.
The two are linked to cases of frequent bandit attacks in the region.
Paka sub-location chief Musa Dike also went missing after he was allegedly arrested by people posing as police officers.
He was last seen at Ng’inyang in Baringo East last Thursday.
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