For the last two weeks, top detectives have been working round the clock in a bid to unravel the exact happenings on the night Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei was found dead at his house in Nairobi’s Villa Franca estate.
After hours of investigations and forensic work, the sleuths have now revealed they are certain that the late Kenei was murdered and that there were at least three strangers in his house when he took the bullet on February 20.
In what appears to have been a well-planned murder, one of the suspects is said to have communicated with a senior official at Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office, according to a preliminary report by detectives.
According to local Kenyan newspaper People Daily, the three people are believed to have been regular visitors to Harambee House Annex, where they visited a senior official before and after former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa went into the building in the company of two foreign investors.
The suspects are said to have colluded with an employee from a mobile service provider, who ensured that data from the officer’s phone was cleared.
The data deleted from Kenei’s phone was, however, retrieved in what may offer further clues to the investigation.
On the day his phone was “flushed” his social media accounts — Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp—were also de-activated.
Detectives are also trying to establish the role played by a former officer with one of the national security agencies, a close associate of some employees at Harambee House Annex.
Kenei was an Administration Police officer and was killed a day before he was expected to record a statement with detectives from the Serious Crime Unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters over Echesa’s visit.
According to unnamed sources, owing to his work and some of the duties he had been assigned, the officer had a lot of information about operations at his workplace.
Yesterday, DCI boss George Kinoti declined to comment on the matter, only stating: “We are progressing well and very soon, Kenyans will know the truth. We are almost there.”
Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor on Wednesday last week said Kenei was killed by a single bullet that entered his body through the chin and exited on the forehead, implying that the muzzle of the firearm that shot him was in direct contact with his body at the time of discharge.
A ballistic examination of the firearm showed that his gun, a Jericho pistol serial number KE AP 43368809, established a “match or cold hit”, implying it was the same gun that shot him.