By JAMES MWANGI
A family of a city businessman is seeking justice over his murder three years ago.
Martin Njenga’s relatives claim he was killed by police officers on Waiyaki Way in 2009. They told The Nairobian that his murder was part of a ploy by some members of his extended family to silence him over a marital dispute.
His brother Samuel Waweru said Njenga had been threatened with unspecified action by some members of his extended family before he was killed. Waweru said the family believes Kabete police played a role in his murder. He said on December 9, 2009, Njenga had left his workplace at Grogan with a premonition that his life was in danger.
Barely two hours after leaving Grogan his phone went off. After a long search, his car was found the following day at Kabete police station and his bullet-riddled body at the City mortuary. Guards who witnessed his killing claim two cars pulled over near a building at Mountain View on Waiyaki Way, one belonging to Njenga.
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Two men and a woman grabbed his car keys and shouted that they were being attacked by “carjackers” then sped off in one car. Residents responded to the alarm and when they confronted him he pleaded with them not to attack him.
As he was narrating his ordeal, a senior Kabete police officer arrived asking for the “carjacker”. Within minutes, the officer shot Njenga five times then planted a gun near his body, witnesses claimed.
“The officer referred him (Njenga) by his names then went ahead to spray bullets on him even as he explained he was the carjacking victim,” Waweru said.
“They knew each other well because Njenga preferred parking his cars at the station.” Waweru claims Njenga’s car was towed to Kabete police station but three days later, following protests over his killing, it was vandalised to fake a mob attack. Angered by the senior officer’s acts, some of his juniors threatened to spill the beans but the matter was hushed up, Njenga’s brother claims.
But Kabete OCPD Mathew Gwiyo told The Nairobian the events surrounding Njenga’s alleged killings were based on speculation and that the case was not reported to his office. He claimed the allegations of the senior officer’s involvement in the alleged murder were being fuelled by people with a “grudges” against the officer.
Recently, Independent Medico Legal Unit executive director Peter Kiama and Kenya Human Rights Commission chairman Tom Kagwe protested to the station demanding for the interdiction of the officer linked to Njenga’s murder.