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Police Detain Wife of Murdered Youth Leader For 7 Days to Probe Suspicious SMS Exchange


The wife of murdered Kitui County National Youth leader, Benjamin Muema Kinyali, has been detained at Itoleka Police Station for seven days.

This was after the police obtained the orders from Kitui Principal Magistrate Johnstone Munguti.

According to the detectives, Salome Kathini Wambua, seemed shaken while appearing before the magistrate on Thursday.

Additionally, the detectives sought orders to compel Safaricom to release telephone communications between the woman and her deceased husband to help them probe the gruesome murder.

The investigating officer, Wycliffe Onsando, requested the court to allow police to detain the prime suspect, his wife, at the police station pending her appearance in court on Thursday, April 25,29 to answer to charges.

Officer Onsando mentioned: “Your honor, preliminary investigations at the communication between the slain youth and the suspect indicate that they had a fragile relationship. They accused each other of infidelity. The text messages between the two bordered on bitterness as regards to their union.”

Read: Kitui County National Youth Council Official Killed, Burnt Body Dumped In A Bush

The police noted that they have also detained seven other people in connection to the murder.

Benjamin’s body was found on Wednesday in a thicket at Katulani.

His body had burns on the chest and hands.

Speaking on the murder, Katulani Sub-County Police Commander Eric Ng’etich revealed that the police were informed of the deceased’s body by passers-by.

He commented: “Among the suspects who have been arrested include his wife, who works as an accountant at South Eastern Kenya University, for questioning to establish Kinyali’s last movements.”

Ng’etich said that police are zeroing into crucial leads to ensure justice for the family of the slain youth official.

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