The Committee to Protect Journalists has taken up the case of Trent Keegan who was found dead in Nairobi on Wednesday morning.
â€œThis is a devastating loss for those who knew Trent Keegan, a photographer who worked to document people in need of a voice around the world,â€ said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Tom Rhodes. â€œThe Kenyan police must act decisively to bring whoever killed Keegan to justice. Time is of the essence here, as it is in all murder investigations.â€
His body was found in a drainage ditch in the city centre. At first police hinted it was a hit and run accident, but it appears the body may have been too neatly concealed suggesting murder. Trent had been working on an investigation in Tanzania, suggesting a possible motive. But for now police are trying to keep speculation to a minimum and officially say they are keeping all lines of inquiry open.
My concern is that the Kenyan police have a very poor record in cleaning up crime unless they catch perpetrators in the act. The list of unsolved cases involving foreigners is long and includes many high-profile cases – Julie Ward to name but one. I dread to think how many murders of Kenyans go unsolved.