NAIROBI, Kenya July 12 – Police have launched an investigation into the killing of a senior Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) official whose body was found dumped on Mombasa Road.
The deceased was identified as Jared Ratemo Mokua, 35 who was a supervisor at the Customs and Border Control department in charge of the Consolbase Freight Services in Mombasa.
“The investigation is underway to get the killers and the motive,” Japheth Koome, the Nairobi County Police Commander said.
Ratemo had been reported missing by his wife after she failed to locate him on his mobile phone on Tuesday.
His body was taken to the Chiromo Mortuary.
One of his brothers Harun said the deceased had travelled to Nairobi and was going back to Mombasa on Tuesday morning on a 9.30 am flight.
He was last seen at his law firm in Ngara on Tuesday morning when he is reported to have said he was rushing for a meeting in town then proceed to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a flight to Mombasa.
“His wife tried to reach him at about 9 am, but the phone was not going through and even late in the evening he was still off and that is when she decided to make a police report,” he said.
Police later informed them on Wednesday morning that the body had been found on Mombasa Road.
Lawyer Edwin Sifuna on Wednesday evening said he had visited the mortuary in the company of other Law Society of Kenya (LSK) officials.
“Sadly it is true our colleague, classmate and brother JM Ratemo is no more,” he said, “Preliminary reports on circumstances of his death indicate a most foul murder. Our brother was killed and dumped along Mombasa Road by people he must have known,” he said, “It is another sad day for the legal fraternity. We get tired of going through this cycle but we will not tire from asking the government to do its job and ensure the safety of all citizens.”
Ratemo’s killing rekindles memories of the murder of lawyer Willie Kimani, his client and a taxi driver who were arrested, detained and before they went missing and their bodies found dumped in Ol Donyo Sabuk in June 2016.
Four police officers are facing murder charges in a case set to resume Thursday for hearing.