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October 19, 2017

Killer maid on the loose as cops follow ‘reliable’ intel to trace her

Lucy Njuguna (L), the grandmother of 16-month-old Nzuki Mutinda, and her neighbours with the clothes the child wore when he was attacked /GEORGE MUGO
Lucy Njuguna (L), the grandmother of 16-month-old Nzuki Mutinda, and her neighbours with the clothes the child wore when he was attacked /GEORGE MUGO

The househelp accused of killing a 16-month-old child in Mbauini village, Lari constituency, Kiambu county last week is still on the loose.

Malep Opisa, 19, hit Nzuki Mutinda with a blunt object on the head at the child’s home last Thursday, left him bleeding on the sofa and fled. 

Lari OCPD Isaiah Odhiambo yesterday said police are following reliable information that will help them arrest the house girl for questioning.

Mutinda’s grandmother Lucy Njuguna said Opisa was employed by her daughter Catherine Wanjiru last Monday and she had worked for only three days.

“My daughter brought her son home from Ruiru town since she didn’t have a househelp to take care of him,” Njuguna said at her home yesterday.

“We started looking for a house girl, and we were connected to Opisa by a friend. I received her last week on Monday from Kakamega. 

“My daughter was planning to come and pick her son and the househelp and take them to Ruiru on Saturday last week.” 

On Thursday she went to check her farm at 10am and left her grandson with Opisa.

“I fed him porridge and I asked her to cook and feed him lunch. I left for Kambaa village,” Njuguna said. 

She said before she went back home Wanjiru called to ask whether her husband had come to see Mutinda, since he had told her he would pass by the home.

Njuguna told her she had called Opisa but her mobile phone was switched off. So she decided to go home to check on Opisa and Mutinda. 

When Njuguna got home it was eerily quiet. She called out to Opisa, but the girl did not respond.

“I pushed the door and started screaming. Mutinda had a bloody face and was unconscious. People came and we called a taxi and rushed him to the AIC Kijabe Hospital,” Njuguna said. 

Odhiambo said Mutinda died while receiving treatment. 

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