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Another charred body found in Sunbeam Mall a week after anti-Finance Bill protests

Another dead body has been found at Sunbeam Mall along Mfangano Street in Nairobi a week after the building was burnt down during the anti-Finance Bill demonstrations.

According to a police report, the charred body was found by workers who were clearing debris in the aftermath of the June 25 protests that saw the building set ablaze.

“The body was badly burnt and was rotting when it was discovered on July 2,” the report read.

Police visited the scene and confirmed that it was a male before they moved the body to the City mortuary awaiting DNA analysis, autopsy and preservation.

Last week, the body of a man identified as Mathew Njoroge, 56, was discovered by the management who were going through the debris.

Police officers who visited the scene found the burnt body in one of the rooms on the third floor and was later identified by family members.

The body was discovered on Thursday, June 27, two days after the shopping Complex was razed down in the chaos.

Property of unknown value was on Tuesday, June 25, evening destroyed after the five storey building in Nairobi CBD caught fire following the wake of massive looting by violent demonstrators that targeted key business installations in the city during the anti-Finance Bill protests.

The building is one of dozens attacked and looted by mobs who joined the protests against the 2024 Finance Bill.

The Tuesday protests, which took place across several counties, led to widespread destruction of property, and looting, leaving business owners grappling with significant losses.

The president, during a meeting with African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) bishops, vowed decisive action against the “goons” who invaded and torched Parliament Buildings during last week’s protests.

According to Ruto, the individuals responsible for the violence were criminals exploiting a peaceful protest against the Finance Bill, and they must face the full force of the law.

“Those who set fire at Parliament are not our children, those are criminals and we are going to search for them. They will not escape; you cannot destroy public property,” Ruto said.