KENYA — (01-11-23) — Kenyan LGBT activist Edwin Chiloba was smothered to death, according to pathologist Johansen Oduor.  According to police, socks were stuffed into Chiloba’s mouth and a piece of denim from jeans tied around his face, said Johansen Oduor.

“He died from asphyxia, which is caused by smothering,” said Oduor.

Edwin Chiloba’s body was found last week in a metal box, dumped on the roadside near the western Kenyan town of Eldoret, where he was a university student. The murder has drawn global outrage with human rights groups linking it to his sexuality.

But as of this report, police have not ruled this a hate crime and have not yet given a motive for the murder.

They have arrested five people in connection with the murder, including Chiloba’s long-time friend Jackton Odhiambo, whom police have described as the main suspect.

On Monday, a magistrate gave police permission to detain the five for a further 21 days, as they continue with their investigations. The five have not yet been charged with any crime.

Dr Oduor added that the body’s post mortem also revealed that Chiloba’s nails were discoloured, indicating that he died from a lack of oxygen.

Chiloba had not sustained any other injuries, said Dr Odouor, dismissing media reports that his eyes had been gouged out. Human rights groups have called on police to swiftly resolve his killing.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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