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How woman lured Kitengela truck owner to his death

On August 19, Mr Alfred Chirchir received a call from a woman who introduced herself as Esther Wambui and said she wanted to hire a lorry to transport sand from Mai-Mahiu to Pangani in Nairobi.

According to police, Mr Chirchir agreed and the same day he, Ms Wambui and another man left Kitengela in the lorry, registration number KCA 243B, for Mahi Mahiu.

From then, the lorry disappeared and Mr Chirchir was never seen again.


On September 5, officers at Longonot police post received a report of a decomposing human head. The officers started investigations but after making little headway, the head was taken to a mortuary in Naivasha.

On September 12, workers at a farm found a sisal rope, underwear and a human forearm bone in the same area.

On Thursday, exactly 42 days after his disappeared, police said they had found remains believed to be those of Mr Chirchir about 7km from the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

Also found were his green trousers, checked shirt, black shoes and wallet with his ID, NHIF and ATM cards.

An empty pack of Dormicum, a drug that Pharmacy and Poisons Board boss Kipkerich Koskei said is used to induce sleep or drowsiness, was also found at the scene.

“The drug should only be administered on prescription and a small variation in the dosage can kill,” he said yesterday.

Fresh investigations established that on the day the lorry was hired, the three were joined by another man in Mai Mahiu identified as Mr Nicholas Muchoki Gachanja.


He is said to have met another man only known as Mr Joshua who took him to where they would deactivate the lorry’s tracking system once it arrived from Nairobi.

The plan was to change the registration plates and drive it to the Democratic Republic of Congo for resale.

When Mr Chirchir reached Mahi Mahiu, he was ordered to drive the vehicle to Raigushu Village where the gang removed the tracking device.

After leaving Mr Chirchir at the scene, the three drove the lorry to Kampala using fake number plates and forged documents.

The next day the lorry, now bearing registration number KCB 486R, was seized in Kampala after police suspected the papers were fake.

The lorry was being driven by Mr Gachanja and another man identified as Shadrack Birindwa, a Congolese. The Uganda police sent both of them to Kenya to bring more papers to prove ownership.

At the same time, the Ugandans sent the engine and chassis numbers to their Kenyan counterparts, who found that they were fake.

The two men were arrested and charged with theft of the lorry. At this point the whereabouts of the driver had not been established.

As the vehicle theft case progressed, Mr Gachanja was interrogated again and on Thursday led officers to Mr Chirchir’s decomposed remains.