Spine-Chilling Revelations Continue To Emerge As Police Continue Investigating Mrs. Githitu’s Murder.

A file photo of the Late Joyce Wambui Githitu.
Latest developments in the murder of Thika Businesswoman Joyce Wambui Githitu indicate that a close relative could be behind her spine-chilling murder.

According to police sources, her house help, Purity Wanjiru, testified that sometime last year, she was promised Sh.1 million to be part of the barbarous plot. Two days before the murder, she received a down payment of Sh. 500,000 for her to ‘cooperate’, even though she only received Sh. 100,000 that was actually delivered to her by John Muchira.

Purity’s instruction was to leave the main door unlocked after her boss arrived home on the fateful night of February 27, a task she faithfully fulfilled.

Purity was barely two months into the house having worked as a waitress at a Thika hotel before she was introduced to Mrs. Githitu by one of the cashiers at her wholesale shop. At the time, Joyce lived alone.

Purity is said to have plotted the murder in collaboration with a relative, whom detectives say wanted her dead to inherit her vast wealth. Detectives are now pursuing several motives of the killing, having stumbled on fresh info that might implicate the relative who handsomely paid the killers.
The deceased operated Githitu Wholesalers, one of the biggest outlets in Thika town, besides having interests in real estate.

“In planning the murder, the relative probably thought the chance of inheriting the wealth was high once Joyce was out of the picture,” said the source.

It is understood that Mrs. Githitu was later that night confronted in the bedroom where the four-man gang raped her in turns, before killing and leaving without stealing anything from her home in Maki Estate, Thika.

The CCTV system in her house was disabled prior to her arrival.

The involvement of a relative theory aside, investigators are also trying to establish whether the killing was as a result of a business deal gone sour. It was alleged that Joyce might have met her death after failing to pay one of the suppliers.

Murang’a County Commissioner John Elung’ata said police suspect the killing could have been organised by a businessman who supplied Joyce with alleged stolen fertilizer.

“The police also traced the killer weapon which has been part of the investigations. We are yet to know who gave out the money,” said Elung’ata, adding that detectives are pursuing other theories that he did not want to reveal. 


Purity was arrested alongside Cyrin Conrad Chege, Vinius Mariga Ngugi, Tom Kariuki Kiungo, John Maina Mwangi, James Munene Gatugo and John Wanyoike Muturi.

Joyce’s husband, Peter Githitu, was killed in broad daylight gangland style in Thika town in 2006. The couple had one child, Mercy Waithera, who is married to Cyrin. Her daughter and son-in-law, Cyrin, lived in a separate home belonging to the Githitu family.


Joyce was killed last month by a gang that first sexually assaulted her before smashing her head with a crowbar.
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