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KBC Journalist's death may be linked to love triangle
Betty Barasa, an editor with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), may have been murdered by assassins hired by a sponsor’s wife, The Nairobian can exclusively reveal.
According to police sources, the killers are believed to have been hired by a Nairobi-based businessman’s wife, who also lives in Ngong. Barasa made headline news when she was shot and killed inside the bedroom of her family home at Oloolua in Ngong on April 14 as her husband and children cowered in the living room at gunpoint.
So far, the investigators have managed to identify one of the hired gunmen but are yet to make an arrest.
“We don’t want to arrest suspects and not recover the murder weapon. We want to get both the evidence and the suspect,” an investigator familiar with the probe said, adding that they are now closing in on members of the gang to recover the AK-47 assault rifle that was used in the murder.
The police have also managed to place the suspect at the scene of crime through mobile phone tracking and traced calls made by the sponsor’s wife to the hired assassins. According to police sources, the sponsor was not only giving the journalist cash but might have helped to finance the construction of the plush family home in Ngong.
Police are also following claims that the same man could have helped Betty secure a huge tender in a state corporation. In addition, they have questioned a GSU officer who accompanied Betty to her house on the fateful night.
The officer, a family friend was also Betty’s varsity classmate, said they had driven straight home from KBC.
The DCI also recorded statements from her husband and a house help in their search for clues.
Betty’s husband, Geoffrey Barasa, and house help Elizabeth Wafula, who was the first person to encounter the gunmen, said she had just opened the gate for her boss to enter when the hooded man forced themselves into the homestead.
Three of the gunmen had by now taken vantage positions in the homestead. One of them dashed to where Betty was parking her Toyota Prado and ordered her out. A second man followed the house help into the main house while the third man ran into the sitting room where her husband was watching TV.
Not long after, she was led upstairs by one of the thugs who shot and killed her before coming down the stairs and telling his mates, “Tumemaliza” as he signaled them to the door.
“At first, I didn’t think they had killed someone. I thought they were just firing in the air to scare my wife,” he told journalists later.
After the criminals left, Barasa mastered courage and ran upstairs where he saw his wife lying in a pool of blood in the master bedroom.
Kefa Nyamandi, a neighbour who was the first to get to the scene, said he ran to the home when the alarm went off at around 8.30 pm. By then, the criminals had escaped and Betty was lying in a pool of blood, dead.
Barasa is, however, lost on the motive of the attack. He told journalists that while he was not convinced that the attack was any typical robbery in the estate, he is equally not convinced that the attackers were after his wife.
“I don’t know the motive, but the attack was very well planned by people who knew how to hide by covering their faces with balaclavas. Their mouths too were also covered with facemasks,” Barasa said.
He said he was also not familiar with claims that one of the criminals had made a call after the shooting to possibly inform another party that the mission had been completed.