Police to exhume Jeff Mwathi’s body in murder probe – IG Koome

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 26 Mar, 2023 17:41 | 2 mins read
Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome.
Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome. PHOTO/Courtesy

The National Police Service (NPS) has confirmed that plans are underway to exhume the body of Jeff Mwathi, who died under mysterious circumstances last month.

Mwathi died on February 22, 2023, after allegedly falling from Kikuyu singer DJ Fatxo's 10th-floor apartment in Kasarani.

Addressing members of the press in Nairobi on Sunday, March 26, Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome said plans were underway to seek orders from the courts to exhume the body of the 23-year-old interior designer.

“Detectives are looking at several dimensions including where they say he passed and dropped to the ground. We are moving to court to seek an order for the exhumation,” Koome stated.

The police boss affirmed that anyone found culpable in the death of Mwathi would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

"We are doing thorough investigations. There is a lot going on. Whoever is found culpable will face the law," he added.

On the night he died, Mwathi had visited DJ Fatxo's house to deliver some interior decor materials for his home and office.

A police statement recorded by the DJ revealed that the two had been together in four different clubs before returning to the singer's apartment at around 3:00 am on February 22.

In a police statement, DJ Fatxo and two other witnesses claimed that Mwathi jumped from the 10th floor to the hard concrete ground.

Uproar over Jeff Mwathi death

The mysterious death of Mwathi drew public interest with members of parliament recently calling for the exhumation of the body for DNA tests to be conducted to aid in the identification and arrest of key suspects.

Led by Njoro MP Charity Kathambi, the legislators claimed the deceased was hurriedly buried without a complete report from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Kathambi claimed that Mwathi was sexually assaulted before being killed in Kasarani. She accused the police of an attempt to cover up the alleged murder, saying the main suspect in Mwathi's death was well-connected and was planning on fleeing the country.

“We want to remind Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki that we are not going to sleep till Jeff gets justice,” Kathambis stated last Wednesday.

“This case looks like a very organised movie led by a boss. But we don’t care about your connection or how big you are. We must get justice for Jeff."

The DCI had on March 17 indicated that the investigations into the death of Mwathi had entered the second phase, where several persons of interest will be interviewed.

The agency, in a statement, said phase one of the probe had been completed.

"The process included interviewing of the first cluster of witnesses in the case, forensic examination of the scene, and retrieval of CCTV footage that captured the deceased's last moments.

"Several other Forensic experts based at the DCI National Forensic Laboratory who are augmenting the Homicide team have equally collected crucial evidence and the same is being analyzed scientifically.

"We are now progressing to the second phase of the investigations where several persons of interest in the case will be interrogated and appropriate recommendations made before being forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions for action," DCI said.

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