Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have been given 21 days to hold eight suspects in the gruesome murder of three people in Kilifi County.
On Friday September 10, the prime suspect behind the gruesome murders was arrested.
Robert Mganga who went into hiding immediately after the incident, was flushed out of his hideout at Ambuja Court, in Tassia’s Fedha Estate.
Mganga, is believed to have masterminded the attack on Kilifi businessman and farmer Sidik Anverali Mohammed Sidik, 46, James Kazungu Kafani, a land agent who was in his late fifties and another unidentified man of Indian origin believed to be Sidik’s driver, before setting ablaze their vehicle, a white Toyota Fielder.
In a sting operation mounted by Special Service Unit (SSU) detectives, Mganga was finally cornered at around 10:30am on Friday.
He had previously escaped a police dragnet prompting the DCI to unleash the elite Special Service Unit for his manhunt.
The cold blooded murders of the three had left more questions than answers in the in minds of their kin, with some of Kazungu’s family members alleging that their kin was murdered by people well known to him.
It is believed that the three were on a land buying mission in the area and had toured a piece of land that Sidik intended to buy, before they were attacked by a machete wielding mob that butchered them to death.
According to eyewitnesses, Kazungu had pleaded with the attackers in their local Giriama dialect begging them to spare their lives, but the assailants who were determined to eliminate them would hear none of his pleas.
The lifeless bodies of the three that had deep cuts on the heads appeared to have been dragged on the ground for a distance, before they were left sprawled by the roadside near Junju secondary school.
The horrifying scene was processed by Crime Scene detectives immediately after the murder, with the forensic evidence gathered and analyzed at DCI’s forensic lab pointing at Mganga as the key suspect.
"Following his arrest, Mganga will assist detectives in unraveling the murder mystery and revealing the rest of his accomplices to face justice," DCI said.