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Philomena Njeri Family’s Wish To Journalists After Shooting By Kiambu Husband


Speaking during Njeri’s burial at her parents’ home in Kianjege village, Kirinyaga County, the family called upon media houses to consider people’s plight when covering stories and having correct facts.

The family of the late Philomena Njeri on Tuesday, August 10 issued a warning to journalists with regards to the reportage of her death at the hands of Kiambu husband and tycoon Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga.

Speaking during Njeri’s burial at her parents’ home in Kianjege village, Kirinyaga County, the family called upon media houses to consider people’s plight when covering stories and having correct facts.

“To the press, please be considerate when writing news and always have your facts right. Always consider that the story will be read by the family and friends.

A eulogy of the late Philomena Njeri. /FILE

“It is not fair, your not being sensitive when you write. Let us say the truth. About 70 percent of the stories written about Njeri were not true and the media is coming back to say the same,” the family stated to the press.

They were referring to some media outlets which had alleged that Gachunga and his wife had an argument after she became pregnant while the tycoon had allegedly undergone a vasectomy.

However, autopsy results conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor dismissed Njeri’s pregnancy at the time of the incident and that she died of multiple gun wounds.

The family also revealed that it was in great pain as they laid her to rest. She was found alongside Mukundi in their bedroom on Tuesday, August 3, having being shot by the husband before he turned the gun on himself.

Despite the family revealing that Njeri was married to Gachunga in 2010, they desisted from detailing more about the couple’s life.

She was buried at her mother’s home in Kirinyaga instead of her husband’s rural home.

“Njeri started a small business in Kiambu town and afterward worked with her husband until she died.”

“She lived a happy and adventurous and happy life. She died at the age of 30,” the eulogy described her work and death – without referring to the unfortunate circumstances of her death. 

Noticeably, the businesswoman was also not buried alongside her husband and did not have his name contrary to the Kikuyu culture.

Until her death, she was an only child to Margaret Wanjiru and she was a bubbly woman who loved being around people.

Her husband will be buried on Thursday, August 12.

Philomena Njeri alongside her husband, Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga. /FACEBOOK



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