Police investigating the death of a Kenyan LGBTQ+ activist who was found stuffed in a metal box have arrested a suspect.
A murder investigation is underway after the body of Edwin Chiluba was found on a road in Usin Gesho County in western Kenya on Wednesday.
A motorcycle taxi driver said he saw the box being dumped on the side of the road by a vehicle with no license plate and then alerted the police at a nearby road block.
When the officers opened the box, they found the decomposing body of a man, dressed in women’s clothes and identified as Mr Chaluba.
His body was then taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to determine the cause of death.
In a message to Reuters, police said they had arrested a man in Eldoret who was a “prime suspect” but that investigations were ongoing.
According to his friend Dennis Nzioka on Twitter, the police do not yet know why Mr Chiluba was killed, but he has been assaulted and assaulted in the past because of his activism.
Amnesty International Secretary-General Agnes Callomard tweeted that there must be a full and independent investigation into Mr Chiluba’s “heartbreaking” murder, “with no stone unturned”.
Mr Chiluba was a fashion designer, and was praised by activist Njeri Migwi, who said “he embodies fashion”.
He tweeted: “Edwin Chiluba was an amazing human being. He was bold, passionate, his energy was impeccable. He embodied fashion.”
Ghanaian human rights group Rightify has called on Kenyan President William Ruto to “ensure the protection and promotion of the human rights of sexual and gender minorities”.
However, in Kenya, where sex between men is illegal, the country’s views on LGBTQ+ rights are seen as conservative.
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