Emotions high in a night vigil for businesswoman found murdered and whose body dumped in Kajiado
Emotions ran high as family and friends held a night vigil for 38-year-old Caroline Wanjiku Maina, A Nairobi businesswoman who went missing, and her body later found in Kajiado.
A mini fundraiser was held to support the two young boys left by their Mother.
Caroline Maina was found dead in Kajiado and her friends Mercy Gitiri, Edwin Otieno, Stephen Oduor and Samuel Okoth were arrested as main suspects in a case where the four appeared before Kibera senior resident magistrate.
Friends could not hold back their tears as they paid emotional tributes to the late Carol as they referred her.
They described late carol as a woman of substance who would go to any length to ensure her close associates were happy and comfortable.
“I have lost more of a mother than a sister, when we lost our big brother and my mother went to the rural home, it is Carol who took care of me at my teenage life,” Said Pauline Muthoni her younger sister
Muthoni further recalled her sister brought her to Embu and got her a job.
“She was jovial, bubbly, courageous and ambitious. I can’t imagine all that has been cut short and somebody was telling me to forgive them but am not sure I would be able for now,” said Muthoni.
"Kindly pray that God gives you good and true friends as my Sister died in the hands of people she thought were her best friends but they were not," Pauline said.
"I wish they spared her life and asked for a ransom, I would have done anything within my power to save my sisters life
Sophia Ali one of her friends broke down as she narrated how she went abroad and left a nine months baby under the care of Carol and on returning after two years found her baby well and the two year earnings intact,
“Since 2015 when I knew carol I consider myself a great businesswoman because I had a mentor. Everything seemed to be perfect in her life,” Said Sheila Oseko.
Maggie Bosire said she had known Carol for over ten years. “She was an Aunt to my kids, dear sister to me. Sincere condolences to the boys and lets support them as they are too young to loose a mother”.
Josiah Karanja who chaired the Embu committee described Carol as the best Marketer he ever came across in his professional career.
He said the funds collected would start a trust fund that will ensure the two boys live a good life that her Mother wished.
“She had a good heart and would take care of my children even when I was down financially, I felt my babies were safe with carol with or without money,” Said Agnes Wanjiru a nominated MCA in Embu.
Carol will be laid to rest at Kangari in Murang'a county as friends wait in earnest for carols killers to face the full force of the law.
An autopsy released showed Caroline Wanjiku Maina, died of head injuries inflicted with a blunt object.
The investigations into the murder have also fanned out of Nairobi to Embu County Government where one of the suspects in her murder works.
Officials from the county government will be required to help investigators to find out whether Wanjiku did business with the county.
The probe team will also seek information from a bank in Embu after it emerged that she received Sh2 million from a bank.
From the County Government and the Embu bank, the DCI will be seeking to understand who and why the money was sent to Wanjiku’s accounts.
At the same time, the investigators want to establish details of a senior county officer and whether she had any dealing with Wanjiku.
The investigators have also applied for CCTV footage from the Integrated Command Centre on the movements of Wanjiku’s car from Ngara to Gatina School in Kawangware where it was found dumped.
Police investigations have pointed to a possibility that Wanjiku’s death could be linked to a threatening text message sent to her phone.
The investigators are also looking into the possibility that her death could be linked to a deal gone sour.