DCI re-arrests man accused of killing Embu priest

In Summary

• The DCI detectives through forensic investigations were able to locate the priest's body along Mashamba River in Makima location, Mbeere South.

• Mutunga was found with the deceased’s car, mobile phones, and other documents. He is the one who led detectives to the body.

Detectives have re-arrested Michael Mutunga, accused of the gruesome murder of a Catholic Priest Fr Michael Maingi Kyengo after he was released on bond a few days after his initial arrest.
Detectives have re-arrested Michael Mutunga, accused of the gruesome murder of a Catholic Priest Fr Michael Maingi Kyengo after he was released on bond a few days after his initial arrest.
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DCI detectives hav re-arrested Michael Mutunga, accused of the murder of a priest, after he was released on bond a few days after his initial arrest.

Mutunga had been arrested for the murder of Fr Michael Maingi Kyengo which happened on October 8, 2019.

The DCI detectives through forensic investigations were able to locate the priest's body along Mashamba River in Makima location, Mbeere South.

In October 2019, a detective from the DCI’s Serious Crimes Prevention Unit disclosed that a suspected murder weapon (a sharp knife) was recovered from a pit latrine at Gategi shopping centre in Mwea where the main suspect in the case, Michael Mutunga, had rented two rooms.

Mutunga said that after the robbery, together with others at large, they killed the priest and ferried him to a far place for disposal. He agreed to lead the officers to the site where it is believed they had disposed of the priest’s body.

Mutunga was found with the deceased’s car, mobile phones, and other documents. He is the one who led detectives to the body.

“Bloodstained clothes belonging to Mutunga, which he had tried to wash, were also found and taken to the government’s chemist for further forensic analysis,” he confided to the Star.

"May the innocent servant of God slain for no reason at all get justice and DCI will do all within her powers within the criminal justice system, where we pray we are all on board," DCI said.

The priest disappeared from his parents’ Tala home on October 5 and his body recovered on October 16 from a riverbed in Mbeere South, Embu. 

His disappearance was reported to the KBC police station on October 7. The body was mutilated, stashed in a sack.

Elders said he was a humble, selfless and devoted to the church. They had gathered at his home and said Maingi ‘donated’ himself to the church.