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Pathologist visit to Kenei house fails to unravel death mystery

By Zadock Angira
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor (centre) flanked by officials from the DCI and Government Chemist addresses the media after at Villa Franca Estate, Imara Daima in Nairobi yesterday. Photo/PD/GERALD ITHANA
In summary

The Administration Police sergeant who was attached to Deputy President William Ruto’s office died inside his house where the body was found.

The team of experts that camped at his Villa Franca estate house for over four hours yesterday, however, for the second time, failed to establish if he committed suicide or was shot dead. 

The Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor yesterday said after critically examining the scene together with other experts they concluded that Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei met his death where the body was found.

“We have examined the house and concluded that it is the primary scene where the death took place,” he said.

Oduor said the presence of blood splatter and grey matter both on the walls and the ceiling and the pool of blood at the scene where the body was found was a clear indication that that was where he met his death. 

Yesterday’s visit to the house followed an autopsy that was conducted at the Chiromo Mortuary. Dr Oduor and fellow experts visited the house exactly a week after the body was found.

However, the autopsy only confirmed that the cause of death was a single contact gunshot wound that entered through the chin and exited on the forehead.

Both Dr Oduor and the head of homicide at the DCI headquarters Martin Nyuguto were joined by experts from the Government Chemist and the DCI’s Crime Scene Support Services in an exercise that lasted over four hours, between 10.30am and 2.40pm.

The team also examined the road from the gate to the house, a distance of about 100 metres.

That was the first time the pathologist visited the scene, to further reconstruct the scene in a bid to establish whether the officer was killed or had actually committed suicide.

The detectives have also sought the assistance of the mobile service providers. 

One of the ongoing investigations is the analysis of the deceased officer’s phone transaction and communication data and also to establish how money was sent to his wife and father using his phone.

According to his wife and father, they received Sh35, 000 at midnight on Tuesday and Sh10, 000 on Wednesday at 7am, respectively. It is suspected that he could have been dead when the monies were sent.  Phone triangulation is also being done to establish whether some individuals could have been around the area

Dr Oduor said though several people had visited the house after the body was found, he said it had not substantially been interfered with as to affect the ongoing scene analysis.

Experts from the Government Chemist collected samples from the house but did not say when the results would be released. 

Ballistic experts also trying to find out, among other things, whether the gun recovered at the scene, and which had officially been issued to the deceased officer, was the same gun that discharged the fatal bullet.

On Wednesday, Dr Oduor said the officer was shot by a low velocity firearm, an indication that it could have been a pistol as the one he had.

Kenei was one of the officers who was on duty on February 13 when former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and two foreigners visited the Harambee House Annex over the fake Sh39 billion arms tender.