Aug 8, 2022

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I didn’t kill Careen Chepchumba, says Louis Otieno as he opens up on the case in podcast

After a judge gave his final word on an inquest into the February 2012 death of Kenya Power employee Careen Chepchumba, matters went quiet.

But a new podcast on the story of Louis Otieno revisits the death of Ms. Chepchumba, who died at the age of 26, and new perspectives emerge.

Mr. Otieno maintains his innocence and denies ever having had sexual relations with her. His mother swears her son can never kill “something or anyone”, while journalist Dennis Onsarigo – who once investigated the death for the TV show Case Files – notes that the media has been “unfair” to Mr Otieno. Ms. Chepchumba’s parents declined to participate.

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The podcast airing this morning on Nation. Africa is the fourth in a series of six telling the story of Louis Otieno. The series is called Paradise Lost and the fourth episode is called My Friend, Careen.

One of the highlights is where Mr. Otieno calls journalists shy for covering the Chepchumba affair without seeking his comment .

“I know you’re cowards for writing things, (but) you don’t ask me about them. You just write,” he accuses.

One instance where he criticizes the media is when Ms. Chepchumba was referred to as his girlfriend. He insists it wasn’t her.

“I don’t even know how it happened,” he says. “I don’t even know how she became my girlfriend.”

He continues, “She wasn’t. If so, don’t you think I’d be the first to know?”

Ms Chepchumba was found dead in her home at Santonia Court in Kilimani, Nairobi, on Valentine’s Day 2012.

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A suicide note was found next to her in which “she” adopted an apologetic tone and said referred to a man who was “so terrible, so manipulative” and that he was a “predator who preys on the innocent and the vulnerability”.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Chepchumba was inherited from her father and brother was taken home and she was not seen leaving her home until she was found dead.

No one was charged over her death and a public inquiry ensued in which her father, Hosea Kili, said Mr. Otieno blackmailed Ms. Chepchumba and left her a mountain of debt.

Mr. Otieno claimed in his Statement that father sexually abused her.

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< p>The inquest into Ms Chepchumba’s death was closed in May 2018 when Judge Charles Ondieki ordered the matter to be re-examined.

The judge ruled that this was not a suicide but a Murder.

“Forensic evidence was the sure key to uncovering the criminal guilt of one or more known persons,” ruled the judge.

Nothing has moved since the inquest and Mr. Otieno , who conducted an in-depth interview for the podcast, feels the media had an agenda in covering the case.

“The same people who have the ability to find the truth refuse to do the right direction and get all the facts they need, and complete this. You want to leave it in limbo. And I think: Do Kenyans really think I’m that powerful? I could take someone’s life and then walk around a free man? Am I that powerful?” he poses.

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One of the mysteries surrounding Ms. Chepchumbas Death is the way the narrative turned from suicide to murder.

Chepchumba died in a rented apartment after moving out of their home. Her relatives often visited her, and Mr. Otieno also often visited her. Mr Otieno had been her neighbor before Mrs Chepchumba moved to Santonia Court. He says on the podcast that he advised Ms. Chepchumba to move out because of the problems at home. He had no idea moving out would put him in the middle of a murder case.

A pathologist told the court there was evidence of intercourse before she died.

“I did Do you have sexual relations with her?” we asked Mr. Otieno. His answer was a blunt, “No.”

Mr. Onsarigo says it was a deliberate move by the police not to investigate the death.

“That could a mother call her child a prostitute; that should have been of interest to the police, for example,” Mr Onsarigo said. “And I don’t think the media has been fair because they never took the time to get to the bottom of it.”

Elizabeth Omolo, Mr Otieno’s mother, says her son could not have committed this heinous act.

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< p>“When the girl was found dead, the first thing they said was that she was Louis’ other wife and it was Louis who killed her. I can swear with my whole body, my life and everything that I am that God gave me that he cannot kill. He didn’t kill that girl,” says Ms. Omolo.

There is one thing Mr. Otieno did that infuriated his attorney in the Ms. Chepchumba case. Tune in to find out.

Listen to the podcast here.

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