Eldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan addresses the media in Eldoret town. Members of his family have said the lawyer has gone missing. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYAEldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan addresses the media in Eldoret town. Members of his family have said the lawyer has gone missing. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA
By DENNIS LUBANGA and WYCLIFF KIPSANG

Eldoret-based lawyer Simon Lilan has gone missing days after attempting to stop the burial of Kanu era politician Mark Too at his Maziwa Farm in Uasin-Gishu County.

Mr Lilan had alleged foul play in the death of the veteran politician and sought to have his burial postponed until the real cause of his death was established.

But Mr Lilan’s elder brother, John Talam, now says they have not seen the lawyer since Monday January 9, 2017.

“I want to bring to the attention of the nation that my brother Simon Lilan who is an advocate of the High Court has been missing since Monday January 9, 2017,” said Mr Talam.

Addressing the press in Eldoret Town, Mr Talam said that his last encounter with the lawyer was in the town on Monday morning after he left him in his car.

“I was with him on Monday near the Eldoret Fire brigade. He told me that he wanted to go and look for some funds so that we proceed to Ziwa for a political rally, unfortunately I waited until 4pm but he never came back,” said Mr Talam.

Mr Lilan is seeking to contest the Uasin Gishu County senatorial seat in August polls.

LIFE IN DANGER

Mr Talam said that his efforts to call Mr Lilan have borne no fruit as his cell phone has been off.

“I tried calling him several times but his phone was switched off and that is when I realised that something was amiss. I went to his home and reported the matter to his wife,” added Mr Talam.

Mr Talam, who is Lilan’s driver, expressed fears on the whereabouts of his brother indicating that the lawyer had indicated that his life was in danger.

“My brother Lilan recently told me that some people have been calling him seeking for a meeting with him and he had expressed danger over his life. Now as a family we are worried what might have happened to him because it is three days and we don’t know his whereabouts,” said a frustrated Talam.

Mr Talam reported the matter to the Eldoret Police station under OB number 120/9/1/2017- 2025 hours.

He reiterated that the police had vowed to launch a search for the lawyer.

Addressing the press on Monday, Mr Lilan claimed that his life was in danger, saying some powerful people wanted to eliminate him after revealing that the late Too was assassinated.

He called on the Government to provide him with enough security.

CAUSE OF DEATH

“I am fully aware that some powerful people want to finish me following my stand on the death of Mr Too. I have reported the matter to the police station and request to be provided with security,” said Mr Lilan.

Mr Lilan has claimed Mr Too was assassinated and wanted the actual cause of his death to be established before he was buried.

In a sworn affidavit, Mr Lilan claims Mr Too was murdered and there are external forces seeking to conceal the cause of his death.

He also wanted Mr Too to be buried at his first wife Mary Jepkemboi Too’s home, in accordance with Kalenjin customs and traditions.

“According to the Kalenjin customs, the deceased ought to be buried at the home of the first wife and not elsewhere. The defendants (intend) to bury the deceased to cover up the suspicious cause of his death,” claimed the lawyer.

However, the burial proceeded on Monday after Mr Too’s family obtained an order to inter his remains.

Mr Too died on New Year’s Eve at St Luke’s Orthopaedic and Trauma Hospital in Eldoret of what doctors said were heart-related complications.