Another Kenyan athlete Mutua murdered, Ethiopian boyfriend on the run

Damaris Muthee Mutua

Damaris Muthee Mutua

A Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete, Damaris Muthee Mutua has been murdered in Iten, Tom Makori, a town in the west of the country.

The runner’s Ethiopian boyfriend is a suspect in her killing and he is on the run, police said on Tuesday.

Mutua’s murder follows the killing of another athlete in Kenya, Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, who was found stabbed to death at her home in the same town in October.

Eskinder Hailemaryam Folie on the run
Eskinder Hailemaryam Folie on the run

The body of Mutua, 28, who holds dual Kenyan-Bahraini nationality, was found decomposing in a house, the town’s police commander, told Reuters.

Iten, where both murders occurred, has a popular training base for long distance runners.

The two murders have shone a spotlight on violence against women in the east African country.

“The body has been taken to a nearby hospital mortuary,” Makori said.

Police said they were looking for Mutua’s boyfriend, Eskinder Hailemaryam Folie, who had allegedly confessed to the killing, he said.

He had been training at the same facility and has since fled Kenya, according to police.

“The suspect called a friend whom they were training together and informed him that he has killed a girlfriend and the body was in the house,” Makori said.

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