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CS Kindiki Unveils Details of Meru Blogger Sniper’s Death


In a startling disclosure earlier than the Senate, Inside Cupboard Secretary Kithure Kindiki make clear the sinister occasions resulting in the tragic demise of Meru County-based blogger Daniel Muthiani Bernard, popularly often called Sniper.

Responding to inquiries posed by Meru Senator Murungi Kathuri, Kindiki unveiled a chilling narrative of betrayal and homicide that despatched shockwaves by the nation.

Senator Kathuri sought solutions relating to the standing of investigations into the kidnapping, torture, and execution of Daniel Muthiani Bernard, alias Sniper, who vanished on December 2, 2023. He questioned the extended length of the investigations and the dearth of constant communication on the matter, echoing the issues of a nation gripped by the tragedy.

Kindiki’s revelations painted a grim image of deceit and brutality. He disclosed that Muthiani was lured right into a lethal entice by an aide to Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.

Detailing the sequence of occasions, Kindiki said, “On the second of December, 2023, the deceased was at his house when he obtained a name from one (identify withheld), who requested to fulfill with him at Marytown underneath the guise of attending a gathering with the governor of Meru County to resolve their variations.”

The unsuspecting Muthiani fell sufferer to the ruse and was subsequently kidnapped upon arriving in Meru City. Kindiki continued, “Upon arrival at Meru City, he was kidnapped and pushed to Mutonga River in an space known as Chakariga in Tarakanithi County. He was killed and his physique thrown into River Mutonga at a spot known as Mutonga Bridge, the place it remained undiscovered for a number of days.”

Inside CS Kithure Kindiki talking in the course of the First Nationwide Border Administration Convention on April 2, 2024.

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Kithure Kindiki

The stunning discovery of Muthiani’s mutilated physique on December 6, 2023, by a resident of the Karikivi space marked the start of a gruelling investigation. Law enforcement officials from Chakariga Police Station and the Directorate of Prison Investigations (DCI) responded to the scene, retrieving the deceased’s physique from the river.

Subsequent forensic evaluation carried out by Chief Authorities Pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor revealed the reason for demise as asphyxia attributable to ligature strangulation, additional deepening the horror of Muthiani’s destiny. Oduor revealed that the blogger was tortured earlier than his killing.

Investigations recognized 5 people allegedly concerned within the abduction and homicide. Samples collected in the course of the autopsy examination revealed the presence of systemic pesticides, implicating the accused within the heinous crime.

Following the investigation, costs of homicide had been beneficial towards the 5 accused individuals, who subsequently pleaded not responsible earlier than the Excessive Court docket at Kiambu. They’re presently remanded in Nairobi and Kitengela Remand Prisons, awaiting trial.

In response to issues relating to the delay in investigations, Kindiki assured the Senate that the federal government is dedicated to upholding freedom of expression and the precise to info as enshrined within the structure.

He urged journalists and bloggers dealing with intimidation or harassment to report such incidents to legislation enforcement businesses, stressing the federal government’s dedication to making sure justice for all.

Meru County-based blogger Daniel Muthiani alias ‘Sniper’.

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