Governor Kawira breaks silence after detectives raided her home in blogger’s murder probe

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Governor Kawira breaks silence after detectives raided her home in blogger’s murder probe

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza has finally addressed the tragic killing of local blogger Daniel Muthiani Bernard, also known as Sniper.

Speaking at her church in Meru on Sunday, the county leader unequivocally denied any connection to the brutal murder of the blogger.

She emphasized that inquiries regarding her whereabouts should be directed to the police officers responsible for her security.

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“Governor’s residence inalindwa na askari na kama kunamtu wa kuuliza wa kwanza ni askari wa mchana na askari wa usiku maana wanakaa pale,” Kawira told congregants on Sunday.

Additionally, she called for a fair and impartial investigation into the blogger’s death, cautioning investigators against any perceived political interference in the process.

“Do not be biased na uchunguzi unapofanywa tunataka ufanywe kwa uwazi na mtu akishikwa tunaambiwa na kesi ikiendelea tunaambiwa ameshikwa kwa nini, na ushahidi ufuatiliwe we don’t live in a banana country tunaishi katika nchi iliyo na sheria,” she added.

During her Sunday address, Governor Kawira asserted that efforts to associate her with the blogger’s murder were nothing more than a smear campaign and a political tactic. She emphatically declared her innocence, maintaining that she has no involvement in the heinous crime.

“Wamejaribu impeachment wameshindwa, wamejaribu cases wameshindwa, wamejaribu kututoa uhai wameshindwa, wamekuja na ingine ya juzi na nataka kutangaza nikiwa bishop wenu maana mikono ya bishop wenu ni misafi, mikono ya bishop yenu misafi wanataka kuweka jina murder,” she said.

Meanwhile, Governor Kawira emphasized that none of her children had been detained as suspects in the murder, expressing her willingness to present any of her relatives for questioning if deemed necessary.

In a recent development, detectives from the DCI Headquarters Homicide Department, under the leadership of Director Martin Nyuguto, apprehended a significant suspect linked to the blogger’s murder. The arrest followed a tip from the public, leading the detectives to the suspect’s residence on the outskirts of Gachanka Village in the Ntima East division of North Imenti constituency.

The detectives spent hours at the suspect’s house, collecting forensic evidence to aid in the ongoing murder investigation. The individual in custody, identified as a boda boda operator, was allegedly involved in the crime.

Currently, there are five suspects in police custody: Kenneth Mutua Gatiri alias Gasigi, Fredrick Muruiki Kiugi alias Pope, Frankline Kimathi alias Dudu Ras, Timothy Kinoti alias Timo, and Murangiri Kenneth Guantai alias Tali.

According to investigators, the deceased blogger was enticed by the five suspects through a deceptive phone call, claiming that Governor Mwangaza wished to meet him. Sniper went missing on December 2, and his body was discovered on December 16, 2023.

A post-mortem examination, conducted by government pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Marimanti Level 4 Hospital mortuary in Tharaka Nithi, Meru County, revealed that Sniper died from strangulation. The examination showed marks on his neck, indicating signs of oxygen deprivation.

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Governor Kawira breaks silence after detectives raided her home in blogger’s murder probe

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