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Jennifer Wambua’s bloody murder: Detectives fail to get vital clues from dead CCTV cameras
The building where slain Jennifer Wambua’s husband parked their car had no functioning CCTV cameras.
This lapse in surveillance has slowed down investigations since detectives are struggling to establish Wambua’s last moments.
Homicide Unit officers hope clues during her last moments will be key to shedding light into her murder. Wambua disappeared on March 12 before her body was found in a thicket in Ngong.
Mystery surrounds the presence of her handbag and mobile phone found in her car. Wambua had left with the personal possessions after being dropped at her place of work by the husband, Joseph Komu.
Wambua was acting communications director at National Lands Commission (NLC) located at ACK Annex and a key witness in a Sh 122 million corruption case involving Lugari MP Ayub Savula and others.
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After dropping his wife, Komu, a Ministry of Agriculture employee, then drove to his place of work at Hill Plaza where he has an office. The ministry of Agriculture has extra offices at Hill Plaza. The man then walked to a meeting at Kilimo House where the ministry is headquartered.
“On the day his wife disappeared, he came here for a meeting on foot and we even greeted each other,” said a staffer at Kilimo House.
Once the meeting was over, Komu headed back to his Hill Plaza office, which is opposite Milimani Law courts.
The man picked the car at around 11 am and went to the garage for a minor repair. It was while at the garage that he discovered his wife’s phone and handbag were in the car. He drove back to Wambua’s office and was surprised she had left.
Detectives pursuing the case had hoped that the person(s) who dropped Wambua’s personal items in the car at Hill Plaza could be the key to unravelling the murder.
But this is not the case since CCTV cameras were not working. Both Komu and Wambua had keys to the car. It is not clear whether the phone and handbag were dropped by Wambua or another person — a mystery investigators are struggling to unravel.
They believe had the cameras been working, they could had gathered vital clues into Wambua’s murder.
“The person or people who dropped the items in the car could have provided crucial leads into this case, unfortunately, CCTV cameras that could have captured happenings around the car are dead,” said a detective.
When The Nairobian visited Hill Plaza technicians were busy replacing the entire CCTV system around the building, an exercise that took one week.
A security officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said when Wambua disappeared, the cameras were not working. “They have been malfunctioning for a while and that’s why we are replacing them,” said the officer.
Had the cameras been functioning on the material day Wambua disappeared, detectives could have retrieved footage to aid in their probe.
The person or people who accessed the car to drop the slain woman’s items used the pedestrian gate next to community bus stop. On any given day, the place is a beehive of activity with passengers alighting to head to various offices in the area.
It is puzzling how a guard stationed at the gate failed to notice either Wambua or strangers opening the car. “I don’t like talking to the media because you people like twisting words,” responded the security guard when asked about the security lapse. The man added he was not on duty on that particular day anyway.
John Kariuki, director of Investigations Bureau at DCI headquarters, said his homicides officers have not given up despite of CCTV challenges.
“We are looking at all possible angles and I am sure my officers shall eventually make a breakthrough into the murder,” said Kariuki.