Questions The Police Must Answer on Wanjiru's Death
BESIDES the speculations, the alleged lurid love
triangles, the ghost “fathers” emerging from darkness after the occurrence of a
tragedy, and the apparent disputes between Samuel Kamau Wanjiru’s mother and
his “wife”, Teresia Njeri, there are numerous and crucial questions the Kenya
Police must answer before we allow them to continue peddling the dubious
Based on media reports, Wanjiru died at his home in
Muthaiga Estate in Nyahururu on Sunday May 15 shortly before
midnight. It is further claimed that when he “plunged to his death,” there was
a watchman at the gate and a barmaid named Jane Nduta. According to the bizarre
story both the media and the police are peddling, Wanjiku “jumped” or “plunged”
to his death as he was chasing Njeri, who had fled with his house keys after
locking him and Nduta in the house.
That is bizarre beyond belief. Try imagining that a
bit. Wanjiru “sneaks” a barmaid into his house with the watchman only seeing
Wanjiru. Although “very drunk” (according to the barmaid, “too drunk to defend
himself”), he still managed to drive to his home. What was he supposed to
defend himself from? Wanjiru’s coach has said that he (Wanjiru) drove himself
in the vehicle he had earlier borrowed from the coach in Eldoret. This is an
Olympic champion who is said to own more than five expensive vehicles! Was he
traveling incognito? Why?
Apparently, the watchman opens the house door for
Wanjiru (we are not sure with which pair of keys). No mention of Nduta, yet. On
his way back to the gate, the watchman meets “a woman entering the compound
through the pedestrian walkway” and a Toyota Land Cruiser coming through the
main gate. The mysterious woman is not identified. No information is given
about the driver or owner of the Land Cruiser. Were there passengers in the
Land Cruiser? And who opened the “pedestrian walk-way” for the unidentified
woman? Who opened the main gate for the Land Cruiser? Did the unidentified woman
and those in the Land Cruiser enter the house? How?
Both the police and media report that Njeri arrived
at Wanjiru’s home after 11.30 p.m. She is reported in the media claiming that
she had traveled from Nairobi that day. Any proof? But the watchman hasn’t been
reported spotting her arrival earlier that day. Strangely, she hadn’t done
groceries, nor taken out food from the many joints on the way to Nyahururu. Later
- so she claims - she left Wanjiru’s house that evening at a time yet to be disclosed
and went to “have supper” at an unnamed “friend’s house” in the “Muthaiga neighbourhood.”
Are there records of telephone calls between the recently reconciled couple, or
between them and others? Despite the tragic death of a very high profile
Kenyan, Njeri hasn’t disclosed the identity of the “friends” that hosted her
that night. Why the mystery?
Njeri is reported to have made her way into the
house sometime after 11:30 p.m. She used “her” spare keys. She then takes
medication and proceeds upstairs where she confronts Wanjiru, who is “in bed
with another woman.” A “fight” ensues. No injuries (remember Wanjiru is too
drunk to defend himself?) Shortly, Njeri storms out, running. But not before she
“remembers” to lock Wanjiru and his “lover” in the bedroom, upstairs.
Unable to open the door and “pursue her,” Wanjiru
decides to “plunge,” head first, onto the concrete below. This is the most
incredible story I have heard since the O.J. Simpson murder saga. Yet, the
police and the media have bought Njeri’s version, hook, line and sinker. Why?
Wanjiru plunged as described, how come the injury is to the back of his head
and not his forehead? Did he somersault? When people jump, do they fall on
their hands and knees or on the back of their heads? Was he pushed? Could he have
been killed there or elsewhere before being dropped from the balcony?
How could Njeri, as she was “running away”, have
failed to see or hear the loud thud that inevitably would accompany such a fall?
How about Nduta? How could she have heard and seen nothing? How could she
remain seated on the bed with all the commotion around her? Did she try to call
for help? Why not? And given the fact that Wanjiru had accessed the house using
a different pair of keys from Njeri’s, why couldn’t he use the same keys to
open the door Njeri had locked? So far, nobody has claimed that Njeri had
confiscated Wanjiru’s keys.
It has also been reported that Njeri was speaking
with some senior police officer on her mobile phone as soon as she exited the
house. What were they talking about? Why didn’t she report the “fall,” which
clearly occurred before she allegedly “left” the compound? Why is it reported
that she didn’t know that Wanjiru had fallen and died until the police told her
the same at the Nyahururu Police Station. And just out of curiosity; how far is
that police station from Wanjiru’s house? How long would it have taken Njeri to
Finally, Wanjiru’s mother has made allegations that
her son was killed before being thrown from the balcony of his house. She also
claims that she saw blood in her son’s bedroom when she arrived at the scene
but that Njeri washed it away afterwards. Are those claims true? Have they been
investigated? How come the police have not been able to retrieve any images
from the CCTV cameras? Were the cameras tampered with? What did the neighbours
The police made no attempts to secure the scene.
They have unreasonably insisted that Wanjiru either committed suicide or jumped
to his death even before an autopsy has been done.
deserve to know more.
is the PM’s adviser for coalition affairs. The views expressed here are his