The discovery of 19 unidentified bodies in the River Yala within three months provoked public concern.
Kenyans urged the Inspector General of Police to open an investigation after they used social media to raise concern over the reports.
The report on River Yala was first aired by human rights activist Boniface Mwangi through a social media thread on his official Twitter after he visited the River together with Hussein Khalid of Haki Africa.
After hearing reports that there were many unidentified bodies that had been taken to the Yala Sub-County Hospital Mortuary, Mwangi and his friends decided to visit the river.
He revealed that the hospital has been forced to bury numerous bodies after members of the public failed to identify them.
“On October 20, 2021, Yala Mortuary buried 9 unidentified bodies to create space in the morgue. Since then, the hospital receives at least five bodies from River Yala every month,” Mwangi posted.
To the press, Nicholas Okero, a diver who retrieves bodies at the river, said that the numbers were increasing on a daily basis. He said he was shocked by what he had witnessed for the past three months.”There were two unidentified vehicles that frequently made trips to the river,” Okero said, “for the past three months.”
Okero stated that some of the bodies that had been retrieved from the river were not of residents who were known in the area.
“They are not people from here, they are brought from other places and dumped at the bridge,” he added.