The sealed residence suggests an intensified focus on the investigation into the murder, with homicide detectives actively involved in gathering evidence.

Homicide detectives have taken control of Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza’s official residence in Milimani Estate, Meru town, raising questions about their involvement in the investigation into the murder of blogger and political activist Daniel Muthiani, known as Sniper.

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza addressed the media on Friday evening, breaking her silence on the murder case involving her brother, Murangiri Kenneth Guantai. Guantai, who serves as an officer on the governor’s security detail, was arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in connection with the murder.

The DCI filed an application at the Kiambu Magistrate’s Court seeking to detain Guantai, along with four other suspects, namely Kenneth Mutua Matiri, Fredrick Muriuki Kiugu, Frankline Kimathi, and Timothy Kinoti, for 21 days to facilitate ongoing investigations. The suspects are alleged to have lured Muthiani to his death by promising a meeting with Governor Mwangaza.

Daniel Muthiani went missing on December 2, 2023, and his body was discovered on December 16, showing signs of torture and strangulation according to the post-mortem conducted by government pathologist Johansen Oduor.

Muthiani’s social media posts criticized Governor Mwangaza, and the DCI claims that the suspects informed Muthiani that the governor wanted them to collaborate.

Governor Mwangaza denied allegations that Muthiani had visited her residence and stated her willingness to use CCTV footage to refute such claims.


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