The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is treating the mysterious death of sergeant Kipyegon Kenei as murder, and not suicide, it has been learnt.
On Friday, February 21, detectives from the anti-crime agency threw a cordon around Kenei’s house in Villa Franca Estate in Imara Daima, Nairobi.
By 4 p.m, sleuths from the homicide unit had already completed reconstructing the scene, aiming to find out where Kenei was and what Kenei did before he died.
The spent cartridges found at the scene were Friday afternoon taken to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road for ballistic examination.
Sergeant Kenei was one of the six Administration Police (AP) officers who were on duty on February 13 when former Sports minister, Rashid Echesa, accessed DP William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex Office, and allegedly engaged in fraudulent firearm-dealings amounting to Ksh. 39 billion.
Echesa is said to have accessed the office’s boardroom, where he signed fake contracts with foreigners in the multi-billion-shilling sham arms deal.
Kenei was among the key witnesses who detectives from the Serious Crime Unit had lined up for questioning, but he was yet to write a statement, a source privy to the case disclosed while speaking to local news source K24 TV.
“The death of the police officer is being treated as a murder case, and will be handled separately from the [Ksh39 billion] fraud case,” said the informant, adding: “The serious crimes department will open its own file, and the homicide section will do the same.”
The Late Kenei’s family say they are convinced that their son was assassinated, and the suicide narrative is fabricated.