Police are investigating a death threat made against National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi.
This follows the gory finding of a human head outside the Commission’s offices in Nairobi on Friday.
Police believe the head, which was packed in a carton with the writing – Kavuludi you are next, could be that of a man who went missing on Monday.
A pair of hands hacked at the wrist were also found in the box left outside Luther Plaza, where the Commission’s offices are situated.
Police believe the victim is a 34-year-old man from Mombasa, who was last seen in Kayole on August 19.
Nairobi police chief Benson Kibui said detectives had lifted fingerprints from the remains with the hope of identifying the victim.
“A search at the Registrar of Person’s office will reveal his identity. Then we shall embark on hunting these heartless killers. Detectives are on the ground and surely we shall arrest the culprits. After that we shall know the motive behind their actions,” he said.
Mr Kavuludi, who was in Mombasa at the time, said he was hopeful the police would establish the motive.
“I know police have started investigations. My life has not been under any threat prior to this incident, so it was a surprise,” he told Sunday Nation.
A relative who identified the remains said the man was his cousin and that he was in Nairobi to visit him.
He told the police that the deceased went missing after a drinking spree. The rest of the body was found at a farm in Ruai, in the city’s outskirts.
The box that was wrapped in a yellow polythene bag was abandoned for about two hours before police were alerted.
It was dropped on a flower bed, a few meters from the building off Nyerere Road near the University of Nairobi.
Workers at the Commission told police the carton was dropped there at around 4pm, and the police chief said his officers were alerted two hours later.
Officers from the Central Police station who were the first to arrive at the scene sealed it off and called in their colleagues from the Bomb Disposal Unit.
The experts did not detect any explosives and scene of crime analysts took over and found the head.
Mr Kavuludi is the first chairman of the NPSC, which came into existence in October 2012 following enacting of new laws geared at police reforms.
It has been a bumpy ride for Kavuludi for short the time he has been in office because senior police commanders have constantly overlooked key decisions he has made.