Ruto’s UDA mobilizer, Obude, was strangled to death before his body was dumped in the Nyeri river.
Joseph Ochieng, alias Obude, 28, was kidnapped from a club in Kawangware on February 19, and his body was discovered later in Nyeri County.
Obude was working at containers next to Kawangware bus station and rented out stalls to businessmen.
“He was born in the ghetto and was very hardworking,” said Obude’s cousin Stephen Owuor.
His body was discovered in a river in Othaya, Nyeri county.
His family told the police that he was abducted from the club where he was enjoying drinks with his allies.
Witnesses accounts revealed that the deceased, dressed in an apron first stormed the club and inspected it before he was later hosted by two other men who later cautioned Ochieng.
Ochieng’s family said they got a call telling them their Oching had been kidnapped by plain-clothed men said to be police cops at about 3.30pm and whisked him into a awaiting Toyota Probox that sped off.
On February 23, his family posted his photo on various social media platforms and were a day informed by a woman attached to Chiromo Morgue who shared a photo sent to her from Nyeri.
They visited Nyeri and identified the body, which was taken to Nairobi.
Everything about his life seemed normal until he started reporting to his friends that some unknown people were threatening him.
“He is among the youth who had come out to support the hustler movement despite a lot of intimidation and threats in Dagoretti North,” said Langata Mp Nixon Korir who knew Obude.
A photograph, which was circulated by the DP’s social media team during the December visit shows Ruto’s UDA mobilizer, Obude in a red jacket, black jeans and matching shoes shaking hands with Dr. Ruto.