A postmortem report has revealed that Kapsoya ward MCA aspirant James Ratemo’s three children, who were found dead in River Nzoia on May 19, were strangled.
According to pathologist Dr. Kibet Keitany, who conducted a postmortem examination on the children: Clifford Nyambane (seven), Dan Nyamweya (five), and Glen Ongaki (three), at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, the bodies had severe head injuries.
“We found out that there were injuries and bleeding around the neck area of the three children, pointing toward a possible strangulation. The boys were later thrown into the river.
“Another possibility is that the children were drugged before being brutally strangled. We would give toxicology samples to the investigative agencies to find out what was probably given to the children to drug them,” said Dr. Keitany.
A collective burial of the three children which was slated for later this week at their parents’ Kapsoya Estate home, will not take place after Uasin Gishu County Government denied Ratemo’s family a burial permit.
Ratemo’s family spokesperson, Charles Nyamweya, said the family will look for other options.
Police had in May 19 recovered two bodies and later found the third one dumped in River Nzoia in Eldoret. The three boys had gone to Eldovil SDA Church a week before the fateful day, accompanied by their uncle, Enoch Onsanze, but they did not return home.
Onsanze had earlier been arrested and charged with abduction, but the State Counsel Zachary Omwenga urged an Eldoret court to give them more time to amend the charges.
The children’s father, James Ratemo, is vying for MCA on a KANU ticket.