A powerful politician formerly attached to the Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly, Benson Kiptire, who was reported missing, is dead.
The body of the former Kapyego MCA Benson Kiptire was found dumped in a thicket in Kamatira Forest, West Pokot County.
Reports indicate the former MCA Kapyego Ward who was also the personal assistant to Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, was on Friday afternoon whisked away by people who claimed to be police officers at around 12 PM in his shop at Rock Center, 4 kilometres from Eldoret town.
West Pokot County police commander Jackson Tumwet has said they are waiting for the family to identify the body.
“The body of a middle-aged and smartly-dressed man with an injury on the head has been discovered dumped in Kamatira Forest. No identification documents were found with the body,” he said.
Senator Murkomen who yesterday dismissed reports that Kiptire’s disappearance was not politically-related has called upon friends to pray for the family.
“Dear Friends, I have received the news that our friend and brother Benson Kiptire was murdered in the most bizarre and heinous manner. We are all in utter shock. Let’s pray for his wife, children and ailing mother,” said Murkomen.
Police officers investigating the case, say that Kiptire might have murdered elsewhere and his body dumped in the thicket.
His disappearance had sparked concern, with his close allies including the Marakwet East member of Parliament Kangogo Bowen urging residents to help in tracing Mr Kiptire.
Police say they are continuing with investigations into the gruesome murder