DNA tests show body is not Yebei’s

A CID officer has said DNA test results show that the contested body is that of Yusuf Hussein, not ICC witness Meshack Yebei. Yebei’s elder brother, Ben, told The Star Newspaperthat the officer gave the family the information on Thursday.

He said an official announcement by CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro on Thursday would put a stop to uncertainties. Yebei’s family is however seeking an order barring Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary in Eldoret from releasing the body.

Hussein’s family is expected to collect his body for burial today. Uncertainties about the identity of the recovered body arose following Yebei and Hussein’s disappearances over the same period.

Yebei’s family had earlier insisted that the body found floating in River Yala, Nandi county in December was their son’s. Police had however said fingerprint tests indicated the body was that of Hussein, whose relatives had also claimed positively identifying.

Both families had gone ahead with burial preparations. An activist alleged that the confusion is a deliberate move to cover up Yebei’s death.

Missing ICC witness’s kin record statements

Five people recorded statements Wednesday with police in Eldoret over the apparent kidnapping of an ICC witness linked to the Kenya cases.

The witness’s wife, his two brothers and two close friends recorded statements at the CID offices.

Some family members said they had received information the witness was snatched on Sunday by unknown people at Turbo.

They were in two black cars that sped towards Eldoret town, police were told.

The witness was reportedly bundled into one of the cars as soon as he left the shop where he had gone to buy water for his sick child.

“He had taken his child to hospital at Turbo together with his wife. While at the hospital, the child began vomiting and he decided to go buy water at the market at about midday, but he never returned,” said his elder brother, who cannot be named because ICC witnesses cannot be identified.

The family members said they are working with the police to trace the witness.