Police in Kenya are investigating the death of LGBTQ+ activist Edwin Chiloba, whose body was found dumped in a metal box.
The body of Chiloba was found on Wednesday on a road in Uasin Gishu County, in the west of the country.
Police say a motorcycle taxi operator reported seeing the box being dumped by a vehicle with no licence plates. The rider reported the incident to police officers who were manning a nearby roadblock.
The deceased was identified as Chiloba and their body was taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to establish the cause of death.
Police spokesperson Resila Onyango said the motive was not yet known.
“We don’t know for now why he was killed that way. Experts are handling the matter,” she said.
Chiloba is a known LGBTQ+ activist and has in the past been attacked and assaulted for their activism, their friend Denis Nzioka tweeted on Wednesday.
LGBTQ+ people living in Kenya have often decried discrimination and attacks in a country where sex between men is illegal.
Kenya is largely a conservative society and the president has in past said that gay rights are a non-issue in the east African country.