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How I helped mistress dump wife’s dead body, man confesses to role in Wambui murder

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Car-hire operator claims Wangui killed Wambui and hired him to help her dispose of the body

Detectives believe they are on the trail of a complex tale of money, love, blackmail and murder as they try to piece together the last moments of Mary Wambui Kamangara, the businesswoman whose lifeless body was retrieved from a dam nearly two weeks ago.

This follows the interrogation of Michael Githae Mathenge, a car-hire services operator, who yesterday led police to a thicket in Ruiru where evidence key to resolving the mysterious death of Ms Kamangara was recovered.

Ms Kamangara was killed in the house of her husband Joseph Kori Karue’s mistress, Judy Wangui Mungai, on Saturday January 26 under circumstances that are yet to be fully established. Detectives initially went with the lead given by Ms Mungai that she and Mr Karue were at the scene of the murder. Later, detectives removed Mr Karue from the scene without exonerating him following their tracking of his phone signal and vehicle.

Mr Mathenge also appeared to remove Mr Karue from the scene during interrogation in custody after he was arrested on Monday. Basing his narration on what Ms Mungai also apparently told him, Mr Mathenge said Ms Mungai killed Ms Kamangara by hitting her on the forehead with a pressure cooker.

This is in line with post mortem findings, seen by Nation, that Ms Kamangara’s was hit with a blunt object nine times before being suffocated. She died of brain concussion, the report concluded, with the skull having been crushed by between two and seven centimetres. This contrasts sharply with the version Ms Wangui earlier gave the police suggesting that Mr Karue hit his wife with the butt of his gun.

Detectives are treating Mr Mathenge’s testimony with suspicion as he also sought to extricate him from blame, saying Ms Mungai blackmailed him into helping her dispose of the body from her apartment at Fourways Junction Estate.

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Ms Mungai had earlier told detectives that after Mr Karue killed his wife, he gave her Sh2 million to buy her silence. Detectives are now grappling with which version of the events, both told by Ms Mungai to different people in different circumstances, comes close to unravelling what happened that night.

Yesterday, Mr Mathenge led detectives to a thicket in Ruiru where he and Ms Mungai dumped the items used to dispose of the body. The clothes used to wrap the body in and a baby seat were recovered from the scene.

Missing, however, was the pressure cooker and a carpet that Mr Mathenge told police was spread on the back seat of the deceased’s Mercedes car where the body was laid on the way to disposal. In what would be an indictment of the lax manning of road blocks, Mr Mathenge told detectives they passed a police check at Kamiti Corner and they were waved on with only insurance being checked.

According to Mr Mathenge, police said, he went to Ms Mungai’s residence at Fourways Junction at 00:07 on her invitation, almost six hours after Ms Mungai and the deceased arrived there and started arguing over the love triangle involving Mr Karue.

Ms Wambui was apparently bitter after she found her husband’s photos hanging on the wall in the house with furnishings identical to those in their family home at Safari Park Gardens Estate.

A detective privy to the investigations said Ms Wambui reportedly demanded that Ms

Mungai surrenders the logbook of her car — a Mercedez Benz identical to hers — saying she had heard her husband bought her the car.

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A fight ensued and a knife that the two wrestled over was among the items recovered at the thicket around the Tatu City area. Police have taken the knife together with other items for forensic examination.

It is then that Ms Mungai, according to Mr Mathenge, rushed to the kitchen and picked a pressure cooker which she hit the deceased with on the head before strangling her with her hands.

She then took bed sheets and covers, wrapped the body and placed it inside the kitchen. Police suspect this may have happened at 20:20 hrs.

According to the CCTV footage retrieved from Fourways Junction, Ms Mungai left the estate at 21:54 using Ms Wambui’s car to Homeland Inn where the two women had earlier revelled in the afternoon.

According to police sources she wanted to pick a Toyota Allion, registration number KCE which had been hired out by Mr Mathenge and which she had left there as Ms Kamangara drove her to Fourways Junction. However, security guards declined to allow her to leave with the car because she did not have a gate pass.

“She parked the Mercedes car behind Homeland Inn and used a taxi to return to Fourways Junction where she arrived at 23:00 hours,” a detective told Saturday Nation yesterday.

It was around that time she is reported to have called Mr Mathenge to her residence. He told detectives that Ms Mungai had called him earlier in the day promising him some work later in the night.

Mr Mathenge, who owns a car hire company, drove to Ms Mungai’s residence at 00:07 hrs using a Toyota Noah, registration series KCK.

The vehicle had been missing since before it was driven to Juja police station by someone who had hired it after learning it was being looked for by the police.

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Driving in the Toyota Noah, the two returned to Homeland Inn but the security guards stood their ground. Ms Mungai picked the deceased‘s car and they both returned to Fourways at 01:28 hrs with the two cars. By this time, the two, according to Mr Githae’s account to police, had agreed on where the body would be disposed of and how they would ferry it.

“The Mercedes Benz was driven near the apartment stairs and, according to what Mr Mathenge has said, they both carried the body from the kitchen and placed it in the back,” a detective said yesterday.

A baby seat fixed at the back seat of Ms Mungai’s car was removed and placed at the passenger’s seat next to the driver to accommodate the body.

Using the Kiambu-Kamiti-Ruiru Road the two cars followed each other and at a roadblock at the Kamiti road junction, Mr Mathenge’s car was searched but not Ms Mungai’s.

Mr Mathenge said they drove to Mugutha, where the body was found on Sunday, January 27. Ms Mungai contemplated plunging the car with the body to the dam but later changed her mind.

While on their way back, they stopped at Gitambaya between Ruiru and Kiambu where, according to Mr Mathenge, Ms Mungai threw away the murder weapon, the beddings which had been used to wrap the body and the baby’s seat in a thicket.

They then proceeded to wards Githunguri through the Kirigit-Riabai Road where, along the way, they threw away a blood-stained carpet before proceeding to Kwa-Maiko Trading Centre where they abandoned the deceased’s car which was recovered two days later.

Source: Daily Nation

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Ruth Matete allowed to bury husband

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete has finally been allowed to bury her Nigerian husband Beloved John Apewajoye, who died on April 12th, 2020.

The news was made public by Radio Citizen Presenter Jerida Andayi, who appealed to the public to help Matete give the late Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff.

“Finally! My lookalike and little siz Ruth Matete can now bury her husband . God is good . Kindly support her to give Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff through paybill 891300 Account number 39659.

“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It’s been tough. God has shown Himself” Jeridah said.

Matete was barred from burying her husband by the Nigerian embassy, on grounds that they wanted to ascertain the actual cause of his death before he is laid to rest.

The stand-off between the embassy and Matete’s family is what resulted to body of Pastor Apewajoye staying at KNH Mortuary for almost three months now.

On April 23, Chief government Pathologist Johansen Oduor revealed that Matete’s husband died due to multiple organ failure after suffering 60 per cent burns.

“He died because of burns, which were mixed degree burns estimated at 60 per cent. In burns, what kills are the complications that arise. In this case there was sepsis, multiple organ failure and all that” said Pathologist Johansen Oduor

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On the other hand, Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation questioned the singer twice over Apewajoye’s death.

Matete was questioned for about six hours after homicide detectives collected samples from her house, where the gas explosion that left her late husband with severe burns took place.

In November last year, the singer got married to the love of her life, John Apewajoye (now the late) in a colorful ceremony that was attended by close friends and family.

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Clergy held for defiling five girls

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A church elder has been arrested following claims of sexually molesting five girls in Kakamega town. Kakamega Central Sub County Police Commander David Kabena while addressing the media in his office yesterday, said the suspect has been luring the girls aged between two and five with freebies into his rented house in Amalemba estate where he commits the indecent acts.

He said the girls have undergone medical check-up. “We are also hunting down another accomplice who works in cohorts with the suspect. The information we have gathered on the ground is that the young man who is at large is the one sent to lure the girls to the suspect’s house,” said Kabena.

Kabena said they are also interrogating the suspect to help them determine whether he is part of the syndicate that has been kidnapping children in Kakamega town.

According to Kabena, parents had abdicated their parenting responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted that most of the children who went missing are those sent by their parents to hawk fast foods in the streets.

“We are on the lookout for any underage girls hawking bananas, groundnuts and vegetables in Kakamega town. We will arrest their parents and have them prosecuted for abdicating their responsibilities as parents,” said Kabena.

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Hawking foods

He also revealed that gambling was on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic when most people are at home. He said two days ago, they set ablaze over 40 gambling machines valued at Sh3.28 million as a single machine goes at a street value of Sh80,000.

Kabena said only the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) is mandated to license betting firms that engage in legal business.

“These lottery joints are a hiding place for criminals and they are the major cause for the high dropout rate of school going children and teenage pregnancies. We have also received cases where university and college students lose money meant for paying school fees to gambling,” said Kabena.

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Akothee to settle rent arrears for comedian thrown out of his house

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has once again extended her philanthropic hand to a local comedian said to be going through a rough phase in his life.

The singer revealed how a Kenyan comedian whose identity she withheld has been living in a very cold hall because his house had been locked over rent arrears.

”As we are talking right now ,there is a comedian sleeping in a hall, kicked out from his house, I don’t know how long he has been sleeping there with this Nairobi cold.

“I have asked to go fetch him, I will send him rent arrears today so he can go back home , people are suffering,” she wrote

Akothee said she had already rolled out plans help the comedian by paying his rent.

”I will call a few government officials who are my friends and see if they can assist me with something I top up with what I have and see if we can save the celebrities who are not able to feed for now ,” she added.

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