wife of slain Kitui youth Leader Detained As Prime Suspect


On Wednesday, The body of Kitui Youth Leader, Benjamin Muema Kinyali was found in a thicket at Kwa Vonza, Katulani.

Following the event, the wife of the slain, Benjamin has been detained by police for seven days to allow them to conclude investigations.

Detectives also sought orders to push telecommunication companies such as Safaricom to produce telephone communications between the lady and her slain husband to in a bid to reveal the cause of Benjamin’s death

The wife, Salome Kathini Wambua, appeared before Kitui Principal Magistrate Johnstone Munguti on Thursday looking scared. She had been arrested on Wednesday at Itoleka Police Station as while reporting the death of her husband.

The investigating officer requested the court to allow police to detain the wife who is the key suspect at Itoleka Police station pending her appearance in court on Thursday, April 25, 2019, to answer to charges.

“Your honor, preliminary investigations at the communication between the slain youth and the suspect indicate that they had a fragile relationship. They accused each other of infidelity. The text messages between the two bordered on bitterness as regards to their union,” said Onsando.

The investigating officer informed the court that police are searching for seven accomplices who are also linked to the incident. On 25th the case starts on 25th April.

He said that the seven suspects will help reveal the death of the youth leader, whose partly burnt body was found dumped in a thicket in Katulani on Wednesday.

Confirming the death on Thursday, Katulani Sub-County Police Commander Eric Ng’etich said that the remains of Muema, who was an official of the National Youth Council in Kitui Rural Constituency, had burns on the chest and hands.

His body was discovered by passers-by in Kavou village who alerted police officers from Itoleka Police Station in Katulani Sub-County.

“Among the suspects who have been arrested include his wife, who works as an accountant at South Eastern Kenya University, for questioning to establish Kinyali’s last movements,” said Ng’etich.

According to preliminary investigations, Kinyali was last seen on Tuesday evening drinking at Vanilla’s Bar in Kitui town with friends.

The friends later dropped him at his home at around 11 pm after a night of merry at the local joint that he frequented.

The police have since found out that his killers are believed to have placed a used car tire on his chest and doused his body in a petrol then set it ablaze.

Ng’etich said that Kinyali’s body was party burnt on his hands and chest where the tyre had been placed.

Mourning the departed youth leader, Kitui County National Youth Council Chairman Aggrey Nzomo condemned the murder saying the youth had lost a visionary leader.

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