On Tuesday morning this week, disturbing news made headlines of a woman’s body that was found stashed in a suitcase outside the GSU recce station at Ruiru.

The body was stashed in a bag and put in a black suitcase. It had a nylon rope around the neck and a visible deep cut in the left side of the chest. It also had the hands tied from behind.

Police officers visited the scene and confirmed that indeed there was a body of a young woman seemingly in her twenties. And that the body had ink writings on the chest, palms, and both thighs which read bwana ya mtu ni sumu. (Someone’s husband is poison).

Husband breaks silence

Speaking to the press on 20th Jan, Joseph Ngige, husband of the slain woman revealed the details of their last moments.

Ngige said that he last saw his beautiful wife on Sunday at 5:40 when she went to work. He added that they both lived happily. And he was surprised and could not fathom why anyone would want to hurt her. We have never quarreled and I have never suspected her of anything, he said.

So when his wife went missing, Ngige reported the matter to the police where an officer directed him to city mortuary.

I went to Juja station where an officer directed me to City Mortuary where the body was taken, that Tuesday evening I confirmed that Wambui was no more, he said amid tears.

The woman was to be later identified as Esther Wambui, an eighteen-year-old lady. Esther worked as a waitress at a hotel in Ruiru before her untimely demise.

Her workmates at the hotel in Ruiru disclosed that Wambui was having love issues. And her husband was a very jealous man.

Let’s just say Bobo (Wambui) had her own problems on love issues, and the husband was not comfortable,’’ a colleague had said.

Person of interest

Officers investigating the matter wondered why the husband did not pick her up later that day as was his custom. They also asked him why he did not call her friends, relatives or even her place of work when he noticed she had gone missing.

“She died a painful death and we are piecing together her last moments, and as we speak, the husband is a person of interest. It is a complex matter but what I can say is that we are moving well with investigations,’’ Ruiru DCIO Justus Ombati said.

Postmortem results

The autopsy of the body of Esther Wambui revealed that she died of strangulation. The postmortem was conducted at the City Mortuary on Friday, January 21st. Wambui’s husband, Joseph Ngige, and her father, Samuel Mbugua, were present during the autopsy. It indicated that Wambui, was hit in the head with a blunt object.

And here was speculation that she might have been raped before being killed. Vaginal swabs were taken for further analysis to establish whether she was sexually abused.

Wambui’s family is now appealing for speedy investigations to establish the culprit who committed the heinous crime.

Recently, the country has reported an increase in brutal murders.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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