Jennifer Wambua Was Not Abducted- Detectives
The detectives dismissed the possibility of abduction before disappearance, stating that she abandoned her car at the commission’s headquarters before proceeding to Ngong for prayer in isolation.
Homicide detectives investigating the brutal murder of veteran journalist and National Lands Commission (NLC) deputy director Jennifer Wambua have uncovered a new twist.
In a report by Citizen TV, the detectives dismissed the possibility of abduction before disappearance, stating that she abandoned her car at the commission’s headquarters before proceeding to Ngong for prayer in isolation.
Detectives announced their findings after having assessed mobile phone record analysis that directed them to a conversation between Wambua and a religious leader based in Machakos.
The leader had advised her to isolate herself in the forest and pray over her depression.
When Wambua returned from prayers, she ran into one Peter Njenga, currently the main suspect in the murder, who offered to get her drinking water. It was here that he sexually assaulted her then strangled her to death according to detectives.
The suspect was arrested at his house at Ebulbul in Ngong on Tuesday night, April 13 by Homicide unit detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The 44-year-old businessman is said to have been among the last people seen with Wambua before her remains were found in a thicket in Ngong’.
Detectives sought 14 days to hold the suspect and allow time to probe the matter further.
Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi granted the police the 14 days. The orders will be reviewed on April 26, 2021.
On Friday, April 9, two suspects in the murder of Wambua were detained until Friday, April 23 at Muthaiga Police Station. This was after they were arraigned before Kiambu Chief Magistrate Patricia Gichohi on the same day.
Benjamin Saitoti and David Sempuan, were also alleged to have last seen her alive on the evening of May 3, 2020 when she was reported to have disappeared.
Wambua was one of the witnesses in the case that involved the alleged embezzlement of funds amounting to Ksh122 million from the Government Advertising Agency (GAA). The case roped in top government officials including former PS Sammy Itemere and Lugari MP Ayub Savula.
She was set to appear in court on March 1, but the case was adjourned to March 17.
Nairobi Chief magistrate, Francis Andayi on March 18 allowed the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) request to suspend the hearing of the case until Wambua’s death was unraveled.
Wambua had failed to show up in court twice when she was scheduled to testify and she was set to be cross-examined by the defense lawyers before she was murdered.
An autopsy conducted on the deceased at the Montezuma Monalisa funeral home reveals that she was killed by strangulation through hands.
It further revealed that the body had other bruises on the face and legs.
The deceased was laid to rest on Wednesday, March 24 at her Machakos home.