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Mirema shooting: Inside the double life of Samuel Mugota

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By Judith Gicobi

On Monday afternoon, a man was shot dead in a city estate. The victim had expressed concern for his life. According to family sources, Samuel Mugo Mugota, 39, who was shot six times by a lone gunman in Kasarani Sub-Mirema county’s Drive, had warned his elder brother that his life could be cut short at any time.

In line with the information acquired as of yesterday, depicts Mugota as an extremely secretive man.

They noted that not even a woman who claimed to have lived with Mugota for 16 years seemed to know much about his past or his occupation. Ms Winnie Wambui, a resident of Kiambu County’s Kenyatta Road, informed officers she had three children with Mugota.

Ms Wambui stated in her statement that her husband was a former cop who traded in electronics.

Detectives, on the other hand, refuted the story, claiming there were no records of him serving in the military. Mugota was also described by family members as a teetotaller and a “difficult man” who confined to himself.

“Three weeks ago, he called and told me that his life had hit a dead end. He did not reveal what was troubling him. I insisted that we discuss the issue on phone and not wait for a physical meeting. He said no. That is the last I heard from him,” Mr Timothy Wachira, his brother, stated in a statement submitted at Kasarani Police Station yesterday.

It was also revealed that Mugota’s other wife, Ruth Kamene, resides in Githurai 44.  She hadn’t yet given a police statement as of yesterday.

Ms Wambui told a local daily in an interview at Kasarani Police Station that any attempt to delve deeper into her husband’s past invariably resulted in a physical altercation.

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Mugoti was a criminal, according to detectives, who was most likely assassinated by his fellow accomplices over a sour business deal.

They stated the evidence gathered at the crime site showed he was murdered by persons who knew him well and solely wanted him dead.

The detectives said that nothing was taken from Mugota, which supports their execution hypothesis. He was driving a Honda CRV, which contained a laptop, five cellphones, and nine identification cards.

The fact that four of the owners of the identity cards seized in the automobile Mugota was driving indicated they lost the documents after their drinks were laced in entertainment establishments, after which their bank accounts were wiped clean, bolstered the detectives’ suspicions that Mugota was a criminal.

To aid with the investigation, detectives returned to the crime scene and obtained additional CCTV footage.

The Honda CRV is registered to ICEA Lion General Insurance Company Ltd. Mr Ambrose Mbugua Kirobi, an agronomist, was the former owner of the car, according to National Transport and Safety Authority records.

Nkatha Gitonga, the ICEA’s Head of Communications, stated that the car belonged to one of the company’s clients.

Mr Wachira stated that his brother would be buried in Nyahururu this week. The body is in the Kenyatta University Funeral Home right now.

Even as the family plans to bury Mugota, a feud between his two wives is developing, with the family maintaining that Ms Kamene is solely Mugota’s wife.

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