Another Suspect In Mrs. Githitu’s Murder Arrested, Blood-stained Weapons Recovered.

A file photo of the Late Joyce Wambui Githitu.

Police in Gatanga are holding a man believed to be the mastermind of the murder of Thika businesswomen Joyce Wambui Githitu who was at her Maki home.

Morris Mutwiri, the husband to Purity Wanjiru, a house help at Mrs. Wambui's house was arrested on Tuesday from his hideout in Embu Town.

Detectives from the dreaded Makuyu Flying squad also recovered a blood-stained hoe and metal bar, which are believed to have been used to kill the trader. They added that suspect led them to the victim’s house where the weapons were recovered hidden in a cupboard inside the main house.

The detectives leading investigations say the probe had taken a new twist after Mutwiri, 37, told investigators of a planned robbery.

Mutwiri, who has since confessed to the murder, has since said that a family member had promised to pay Sh. 300,000 if hired men stole cash from the businesswoman. His statement sharply contradicts the earlier statement by Wanjiru, who claimed that the trader’s murder was a planned assassination. 

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His wife had told Kirwara police that the killers had received a Sh. 500,000 down-payment from unnamed people to kill Wambui. She said more money would have been paid after the killers completed the assignment. She went ahead to name four men alleged to have been in the hired killers, but police investigations have revealed that the information was not credible.

His arrest brings to eight the number of suspects in police custody.

Among the suspects who have appeared in court include Wanjiru and Wambui’s son-in-law Cyrin Chege. Others were Vinius Mariga, Tom Kariuki, John Maina, James Munene and John Wanyoike.

Wambui was clobbered to death on the 27th February 2017 at her Maki home in Thika by criminals who did not steal anything.

The late Joyce, 59, was laid to rest at their Mukurwe home in Gatundu North Sub-County. She is survived by her daughter Mercy Waithira Githitu and two grandsons, Moses and Baraka.

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