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GSU officer arrested for murder of girlfriend and son

By KNA May 9th, 2018 2 min read

Police in Mbeere North Sub County have arrested a General Service Unit officer in connect with the death of his girlfriend and their six-month-old son in 2016 before dumping their remains in a pit latrine.

Area DCIO Richard Mathenge said the suspect, his mother and a farm hand are being held at Siakago Police Station linked to the brutal murder of Pauline Kagendo and her baby, Johnson Muriithi.

According to Kagendo’s mother Onorata Kanini, her daughter was in a relationship with the officer early 2015 before they got a child in December the same year. They were, however, living separately.

She said her daughter and grandson went missing on June 10, 2016, the day she visited the officer at his home to take the baby to hospital.

However, according to Kanini, Kagendo did not return home for almost a month making her suspicious. She reported the matter to Ishiara police station and surprisingly, she was not given an OB number.

She says even after enquiring from the man, he claimed to know nothing about her whereabouts.

A distressed Kanini says it was only last month that a close relative of the officer claimed to have seen him butcher the two and dump the remains in a pit latrine.


Seventeen-year-old Kagendo was a Form One student at Kanyueri Secondary School.

The family says they have received several death threats from the suspect who comes from a well-to-do off family and they fear he might have influenced the authorities to derail the investigations.

The family has called on the government to intervene to ensure that justice is served to their dead daughter and grandson.

DCIO Mathenge said investigations are in top gear saying the three family members have since been produced in court as investigations continue.

He said they have arranged a team of pathologists to collect samples from the latrine where the bodies were allegedly dumped.

“The three were produced in court last week and we applied for 14 days to conclude investigations. A team of pathologists are to collect samples from the latrine tomorrow,” he said.

He called on the family to be patient as investigations are ongoing assuring them that justice will be served.