NAIROBI NEWS FEBRUARY 28, 1920: “ANOTHER RUIRU PROBLEM”
The Ruiru flumes, as noted in the last entry, was the source of the electrical power for Nairobi. It was also the source of a murder investigation in February, 1920. An Indian man who worked at the flumes was found dead, and the special correspondent of The Leader of British East Africa wrote of “Stygian darkness” and an “assassin” who was “lurking in the reeds.” The murder, it is presumed, shut down one of the sluice gates which brought the victim out to investigate.
The victim was then struck on the head with a “cruel looking bar of iron” which felled him. Presumably, he struggled to his feet when he was struck a second time, this one a fatal blow. The murderer next sought to disguise his crime by dragging the victim up the steps of the wooden platform to throw the body into the water, making it look like the man fell, hit his head, and drowned. The murderer failed to dispose of the iron bar.
Then there was also the matter of all that blood on the steps.
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