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US Government to Help in Investigation of Edwin Chiloba’s Murder

The United States Government has enjoined itself in the murder of LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba- calling for Kenyan authorities to conduct thorough investigations.  

In a press briefing on Monday, January 9, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price affirmed that the United States government was willing to aid Kenya in the investigations. 

He also called for thorough and transparent investigations in a bid to dispense justice to the victim’s family. 

“And of course, if there’s anything we can do to assist, we stand ready to do that,” Price indicated in the press statement. 

The spokesperson also sent condolences to the family and the LGBTQ community at large for the loss. He described Chiloba as a person of influence who advocated for equal rights.  

“There are so many in that community in Kenya who benefitted from his leadership, from his visibility, from his support,” he noted.

In conclusion, Price condemned the act, calling for an end to violence against the LGBTQ community. 

“Violence against LGBTQI+ persons — or anyone, of course — is unacceptable, but when violence stems from possible bias or stigma, it indirectly harms all members of the targeted community.

“The ultimate act of intolerance has no place in free and open societies,” he highlighted. 

Chiloba’s murder has elicited debate in the international scene- with international publications such as CNN, Washington PostNew York Times, and The Guardian highlighting the heinous crime. 

The prime suspect in the murder, Jackton Odhiambo, was arrested alongside three more suspects. 

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo on Monday, January 9, requested to be released on bond in a bid to continue supporting his family. 

The judge, however, denied the request and ruled in favour of the prosecution who filed an application seeking to hold the suspects for 21 days until the conclusion of the investigations.