Police corporal Caroline Kangogo who is on the loose after reportedly killing a colleague in Nakuru and a businessman in Kiambu has been spotted in Nakuru.
The mother of two who is linked to the death of police constable John Ogweno and businessman Peter Ndwiga was reportedly enjoying herself at a Nakuru pub on Thursday night, K24 Digital can authoritatively reveal.
A source who spotted the fugitive cop and requested to speak to K24 Digital on anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter has narrated that Kangogo was boarding a taxi to Nairobi from Nakuru on Friday afternoon.
The taxi guy positively identified her and decided not to take the order. Caroline Kangogo then opted for a 4NT matatu to Nairobi.
Our source then rushed to Nakuru Police station, reported the incident and proceeded with the officers to the popular lounge in Nakuru where Kangogo allegedly spent the night. By the time of publishing this article, the police were reviewing CCTV footage at the lounge.
“She requested a Wasili cab to Nairobi, and the cab guy identified her. He knows her well because she had been working in Nakuru,” the source told K24 Digital adding that, “Word has it that, on Thursday, she spent her night partying and drinking at a Nakuru pub.”
This comes after detectives investigating the murder of the two men established that Caroline Kangogo might have moved to Nairobi’s Mathare slums after killing Ndegwa in Juja.
A police signal stated that Kangogo was last seen on Tuesday night boarding a motorbike at Kahawa Wendani, which was then driven to Thika Road and branched off at Drive Inn stage.
Earlier on Friday, police reported that a licensed firearm holder shot a woman identified as Phanice Chemutai Juma on suspicion that the lady was Caroline Chemutai Kangogo, the killer cop.
According to Trans Nzoia County Police Commander Fredrick Ochieng’, Ken Muyundo a businessman in the hospitality industry who shot Chemutai shortly after meeting her at Kiminini market.
“Ken Muyundo met the lady sometimes back and exchanged contacts. The lady has been calling him insisting that they should meet. Yesterday at around 9:30 pm, Ken met her and out of panic, he shot her on the lower left abdomen leaving her with injuries” Ochieng’ said.
It was later discovered that the victim of the shooting incident who was rushed to Kitale County Referral Hospital for treatment, is not Caroline Kangogo.
The county police boss said that the suspect had been disarmed pending investigations.“The suspect is in our custody helping us with investigations. We will later arraign him in court and charge him for attempted murder,” Ochieng’ added.
Prior to this, it had also emerged that on the night Ndwiga was killed, Kangogo allegedly sent threatening messages to four men, suspected to be her former or current lovers, leading to the belief that she was on revenge mission.
The revelations emerged even as a postmortem report on Ndwiga’s body, revealed he was killed by a single bullet. The postmortem conducted at the General Kago morgue in Thika, Kiambu county revealed the bullet entered the left region around the ear and exited on the right side.
At the morgue, Ndwiga’s family members including his two widows watched pensively, visibly shocked at the manner in which the deceased lost his life.
One of his widows, Purity Wanderi described her husband as a man of good character whose death caught her by surprise. “I only realized about his death through his brothers who came calling yesterday. I had not heard about it,” she toldK24 Digital.
Wanderi, 37, who has a son with Ndwiga said that although they separated in 2012 following frequent domestic squabbles, they used to talk and the man continued to support the family.
“My only child with him is a Class Eight boy, who is still not aware of the tragedy. Ndwiga used to call me and he would talk with our son for long,” she said.
Wanderi, who married Ndwiga in 2006, said he started as a driver before venturing into wholesale business dealing with food items.
Ndwiga’s other wife, only identified as Margaret, was too distraught to talk to journalists.
In the sleepy Nyawa village in Elgeyo Marakwet county, Kangogo’s relatives were still in shock following the killings. Relatives who spoke to K24 Digital described Kangogo, 34, as a humble woman who seldom disagreed with anyone.
Kangogo’s father Barnaba Korir and mother Leah Jepkosgei Kangogo sat pensively outside their home as neighbours streamed in to console them.
“Hatujaamini kama familia kuwa mtoto wetundiye alifanya hivyo (we are yet to believe that our daughter committed the murders).
We sincerely apologise to the two families who lost their loved ones,” said Korir.
He said she had spoken with her daughter early this week and there was nothing to suggest something was wrong.
“She was a very humble girl. I’m shocked at the news that he killed two people. Tunasema pole kwa familia hizo (we are sorry to the families),” a tearful Mrs Kangogo said.
The family said the police officer, their first born, kept many things to herself. “Instead of killing two people, she could have opened up to us. We are devastated as a family,” said Mrs Kangogo.
According to Nakuru County Police Commander Beatrice Kiraguri, Corporal Kangogo was a reputable law enforcer.
“We are shocked by the news. Since her employment, the officer has maintained a professional work ethic and at no instance did we notice any cases of indiscipline at work or in her private life,” said the police boss.