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Richard Tuta, an Israeli trained security consultant, says the reasons assassinations occur is because there are benefits to be shared between the killer(s) and master.

He divides assassinations into three categories: economic, social and political. 

“Social killings are based on relationship. It can be a wife killing a husband or a brother killing another brother. It could even be a case of a jilted lover when one was promised marriage and it didn’t materialise,” says Tutah, adding that political killings are obvious.

“People like politicians, journalists, whistle-blowers or activists can fall in such category. Such killings occur so as not to disrupt the status quo. The person killed would have been deemed to be a threat,” he explains.

Economic assassinations are only about money, but can also be about information that will benefit someone, or hurt someone.

“They mostly involve people in business and that’s the reason many powerful executives have security,” observes Tutah, adding that in Kenya, most of such killings revolve around relationships, money and land.