| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Kenya reopens inquiry into murder of woman last seen with British soldiers

Kenya’s national police commissioner announced on Monday that a nine-year-old murder probe into the death of a single mother last seen at a hotel with British soldiers will be reopened.

Agnes Wanjiru was discovered in a sewage tank at the Lion’s Court Hotel in Nanyuki’s garrison town two months after she vanished.

According to a 2019 inquest report by a local magistrate, the 21-year-old, whose kid was just a few months old at the time, was beaten and stabbed. According to the investigation, she was most likely still alive when she was put into the tank.

No suspect has been arrested or charged over the murder. Interest in the case was renewed last month when Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said it had identified a possible suspect after a months-long investigation.

The report caused widespread anger in Kenya and many have taken to Twitter to demand justice for Wanjiru.

“I have directed the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) to re-open the case… and ensure the case is concluded before a court of law,” Hillary Mutyambai, the inspector general of Kenya’s police, said during a regular interaction with social media users on Twitter.

“I am also urging the UK government to collaborate with us to conclude the case and administer justice.”

Britain’s ministry of defense said it would support the investigation.

“We always work in partnership with the Kenyan police and subject to international and judicial processes our help will always be forthcoming,” an MOD spokesperson said.

Witnesses told the Kenyan inquest that Wanjiru had joined the British soldiers at the Lion’s Court hotel’s bar, hoping to get a client who was willing to pay her for sex so she could feed her baby.

  • Reuters