The body of a suspected Mombasa drug lord who disappeared on December 5, 2021 has been discovered.
The body of Masuo Bakari Tajiri was found horribly decomposed in a thicket in Thika, Kiambu County.
Masuo, along with Fahmi Bakari, 21, and Hussein Mohamed, 26, are pending a number of drug-related offenses in multiple courts.
Hussein Masuo, Bakari’s relative, confirmed that the accused drug lord’s body was discovered in a thicket in the city of Thika and taken to the Nairobi city morgue.
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His family prepared to take his body to Mombasa for burial by last night.
Unknown people took the trio away in Maungu near Voi in Taita Taveta County on December 5 last year, according to relatives.
Despite claims that a body had been discovered near Pirates Beach in Mombasa’s Bamburi region, Fahmi and Mohamed’s whereabouts remained unclear as of last night.
Their relatives claim the three went to Limuru and Thika on December 3, allegedly to buy a Nissan Matatu.
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Bakari was wanted by Interpol at the time for cross-border drug trafficking in Tanzania, Congo and Kenya, and he was also accused of being in possession of 24,466.4 grams of heroin worth Sh7.4 million.
Bakari was acquitted in absentia by a Shanzu court on December 15 for lack of evidence, but his co-defendant Fatuma Sicobo was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The deceased is said to have invested in public transportation and owned a fleet of Matatus operating the congested Kisauni route.
Through his involvement in the matatu sector, he is said to have met Fahmi and Mohamed, who ran a matatu business along the busy route.
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The deceased had previously served a seven-year sentence and had been arrested three times for drug trafficking, police records show.
According to an assessment by the police intelligence service, Bakari is suspected of having lured Fahmi and Mohamed into drug dealing.