Puzzle of 71-year-old attacked, left for dead by grandsons in Migori

Residents of Gotkeyo village, Otati Sub Location in Nyatike, Migori County are still reeling in shock following the brazen manner in which two men pounced on and badly wounded their elderly kinsman in his home.

The victim died several weeks later while undergoing treatment at Homa Bay Referral Hospital.

What is even more dumbfounding is that the suspects have not been arrested and the area assistant chief, chief and the police at Sori Police Station seem unperturbed.

Raphael Adero Got, 71, was reportedly attacked by his grandsons Amiso Omollo and Elvis Simwa Osewe on the night of August 14, 2023 at around 10pm.

“The attackers went to my father’s house at night and were let in. Omollo probed my father whether he had seen him (Omollo) ever since returning home from Nyatike. He again inquired whether he had seen his sister named Lilian,” Adero’s son Dickens Okinyi, 40, narrated.

“The attackers then claimed that my father had shown disrespect to his (Omollo’s) mother,” Okinyi narrated as reported to him by his son who was staying with the septuagenarian on the fateful night.

Mzee Adero was staying with Okinyi’s son who managed to escape through a narrow opening between the wall and roof.

His attackers then reportedly accused him of occupying a parcel of land illegally before delivering a chilling message to the Mzee.

“They told my father that ‘we have come to kill you and we must kill you’. They then descended on him with rungus and wooden rods; dragged him outside to the cowshed, and continued to beat him up before leaving him for dead,” explained Mr Okinyi.

The grandson managed to alert neighbours, but who reached the scene after the attackers had flown.

“We found him wrapped in a blanket. He was groaning in pain. I called the Assistant Chief who in turn insisted only on the need to rush the victim to the hospital,” recounted John Wanga, a village elder.

Good Samaritans rushed him to the nearby Sori Lakeside Hospital, then to St Camillus Mission Hospital before later being referred to Homa Bay Referral Hospital.

According to Okinyi, his father sustained injuries to the entire body.

His skull, ribcage and throat were severely broken.

A postmortem report from Homa Bay Referral Hospital Mortuary, conducted by Dr Ogolla Owino, indicated that Mzee Adero suffered severe head injury due to blunt force trauma to the head.

Mzee Adero’s daughter Hellen Anyango Adero, 33, recounted that on the very day that his father was attacked, he had had a phone conversation with him.

“My father phoned me to request that I give him Sh2,000 because there is money that he had been waiting for and that he needed to go fill some forms in Eldoret,” said Ms Anyango.

She continued: “I did not have the money and dad called again later in the evening to inform me that he had gotten Sh1, 000 and that now he only needed another Sh1, 000 that he insisted I needed to help her out with.”

It’s the same night that her father was attacked and sustained life-threatening injuries.

Upon learning of the bad news, Anyango arrived home the following day where, together with her brother, they phoned the area chief.

They reportedly told the chief that those who beat their father were known family members but the chief took no action.

“The chief told us to investigate the matter and establish where the culprits were,” she recounted.

The siblings of Mzee Adero now strongly suspects foul play and accuse the local security team for inaction.

“Here there is no justice. My dad is dead but no one is taking action,” the distraught daughter said.

The family has three OBs from Sori Police Station on the incident.

The first one is on assault, 10/24/08/2023, while the second one was reported after Mzee Adero breathed his last and reads murder 10/04/09/2023.

The third one is about the family’s 12 cows being stolen, allegedly by the same suspects.

But no investigation has been launched or any suspect arrested, claimed Mr Okinyi.

The reporter reached out to the Nyatike Sub County Police Commander Ms Dorothy Migarusha for comment on the progress of investigations.

“The case is with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officers and they are investigating. Our officers were present during the post-mortem and that shows that we are progressing well,” said Ms Migarusha.

A village elder John Wanga noted that the suspects have been spotted hibernating in remote Sindo town and at times camouflaging as fishermen.

Mr Wanga argued that there hasn’t been any boundary dispute in the family since everyone has their title deeds, thus the claim by the suspects that Mzee Adero had grabbed their portion of land being untrue.

The suspects, Mr Wanga reported, are known criminals with several cases haunting them.

Mr Wanga suspects that Mzee Adero is a victim of impaired judgment on the part of the attackers as they had imbibed a lot of chang’aa, an illicit liquor which he explained is being sold in plenty in many parts of the location.

“One of the suspects posted on Facebook that ‘we have killed a witch’,” Mr Wanga claimed.

It is reported that the suspects told another old man in the village that they would be back for him.

“We have killed your brother and we will be back for you,” Mr Wanga reported.

“We want justice for our father. My son who witnessed everything is still traumatised but the chief told me that if I joked further then I would not live to witness the burial of my father,” Okinyi said.

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