Shock as woman found dead at TI-Kenya offices in Kisumu

Wednesday January 15 2020

Onlookers gather outside Transparency International Kenya's offices in Kisumu on January 15, 2020, as police officers collect the body of murdered woman Caren Adhola Anyango. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP


A woman was on Tuesday found murdered at Transparency International Kenya's (TI-Kenya) office in Riat, Kisumu County.

The body of Caren Adhola, 45, who was the caretaker of the building, was found lying in one of the rooms in the office where she also resided. It is said she was attacked at night by unknown people.

“Caren has been our support staff for the last six years. She didn’t have any cases around and had never raised any complaints of threats on her life,” said TI-Kenya Regional Director Titus Ogalo.


A sombre mood engulfed the institution as residents trooped to the compound following news of the murder.

Her associates expressed shock after they found blood stains all over the office floor.


“We are shocked and disturbed and we are hoping that police will gather accurate information and help us get to the bottom of this,” said Mr Ogalo.

The woman was a mother of a teenage son who completed secondary school education a year ago.


Her associates described her as an outgoing woman who interacted freely with everyone.

“I wonder why anybody would want to harm such a person. Caren was only concerned with cleanliness of the office and ensuring tea was served on time,” said Mr Chris Owala.

The body was moved to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.

Detectives visited the scene of crime and collected forensic samples.

The office does not have night guards.

“We didn’t have guards but many times when we had issues around our office, those in the neighbourhood were always ready to help,” said Mr Owala.