At times, the gang — according to the police — would kidnap their victims and demand ransom from family members. KTN pieced together the last moments of two of the four men described by the police as most-wanted city gangsters. Simon Muturi and three of his colleagues were gunned down on the night of May 23 on Uhuru Highway.
An AK47 rifle and a pistol were recovered. “I was at work on the day I heard Simon had been killed. We went to look for him at City Mortuary,” said Simon’s brother Edward Muturi. Eunice Wachuka, Simon’s widow, was informed of the killing by her mother. Police were quick to point out that the gun that felled Juma was the very gun they recovered from one of the suspects.
But KTN reported that the police account did not add up in many ways. The man the police claim was a most notorious gangster was a fellow police officer that the Nairobi criminal investigations police chief told a local daily was attached to Wilson Airport police station.
The investigation took KTN to Mombasa, where Simon had worked before being suspended after an assault incident. Simon was moved to Rongai Police Station and later to Nairobi’s Central Police Station. “Simon was depressed. He was seeing a counselor. But he was not a thief,” said Ms Wachuka. On the day he was gunned down, Simon had spent time in Land Mawe estate, a walking distance to the scene where he was shot dead by fellow police officers.
A close friend of the slain officer told KTN that the vehicle they were travelling in was waylaid by police officers, who opened fire indiscriminately. One of the occupants managed to escape as Muturi made it to a tunnel. Armed police officers followed him, arrested and interrogated him for hours before executing him.
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