Criminal Investigation Department (DCI) investigators are counting on the arrest of Dennis Karani Gachoki, the main suspect in the murder of Samuel Mugo Mugota in Mirema, Roysambu district, in order to uncover the secret life of the murdered man.
The DCI on Friday declared Karani of Kirinyaga County a wanted man for the murder and urged the public to share information that could lead to his arrest.
Gachoki is also wanted for possessing a weapon, suspected of being snatched from a police officer at a popular Mombasa bar two years ago. However, it is feared that he fled to a neighboring country after his master, Mugota, was assassinated.
Detectives said they last tracked Gachoki’s phone signals in Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu County. They also allege that Gachoki was an accomplice of Mugota, who hails from neighboring Embu County.
They suspect Gachoki of ruthless police officers who set the two up in their million-shilling syndicate.
It is said that Mugota led a secret life, hiding his criminal activities and vast wealth from his numerous wives and family members, while making millions from cheating and robbing his targets.
He drove vehicles who could easily blend into society without being conspicuous, although he made millions from the illegal trade.
His fleet of eight vehicles included a Toyota Fielder and Harrier, a Honda CRV and a Nissan X -trail.
The same cannot be said for his friend Gachoki, who loved to have fun and led a flashy lifestyle.
Detectives believe there are even more hidden qualities could give , next to de known to exist, including three homes and several massionettes in Kiambu, all of which they say are proceeds of crime.
Gachoki’s arrest may also open a lid on the extent to which his syndicate stretches, as detectives suspect the two men were working with rogue cops and bank officials to rob unsuspecting Kenyans.
The two allegedly crossed paths recently after a dispute over how the proceeds of their intriguing deal, which led to the heinous murder that shocked the country by the way and timing it happened.
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Security camera footage from a building adjacent to the crime scene shows the killer, dressed in a black jacket, jeans and a white t-shirt and cap, walking back and forth between two buildings around 1:56 p.m his goal l approached before shooting him six times at point-blank range.
The suspect rushed to a waiting silver Toyota Allion and sped away, leaving residents of the property in shock.
Then was Mugota’s body found with blood spattered His white shirt and tan pants were smashed all over, the windshield of his vehicle, a gold Honda CRV, was shattered and the engine was still running.
Forensic officers from Kasarani Police Station found six stunted people 9mm rounds safe, four cell phones and Mugota’s personal belongings including several ID cards and a National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) card.
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As his family prepares to bury him, the secret of his life is gradually being released by detectives, who said yesterday they hope to see se to find their accomplices and prosecute them for their criminal activities.
< p> This includes Gachoki and a bevy of women who worked for the two. According to detectives, Gachoki was the one who carried the gun on behalf of the two men as a form of protection.
However, the Kenyans quickly discovered that Gachoki’s images, shared by the DCI, did not match the man , seen on the CCTV footage of the Mugota shooting.
While Gachoki is well built and more muscular as seen in the picture, the killer is much leaner as seen in the video .
“Two things; The shooter was skinnier than the guy. Unless he was involved in the incident. The guy’s shooting stance in the photo, two hands on the gun, legs apart, is not the shooting stance of an ordinary thug. That’s obviously a pro…” Lenard Bruce Mwale reacted to the DCI post on Facebook.
About 12 women whom the two men allegedly used to deliver drinks to their targets were arrested by police identified. These include Esther Wangari Ndungu, Florence Wanjiku Njoroge and Victoria Wanjiku Thuku, who were arrested in the recent past when drug use cases reached alarming levels in both Kiambu and Nairobi districts.
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With the death of their boss, operations at the “Pishori” empire have ground to a halt.
Investigators said Most women are leaving Nairobi for their rural areas and watching things unfold in what police believe is an attempt to evade justice.
However, the DCI has issued a stern warning that this will not be business as usual in the clubs where they operated.
These women were moved to various high-end entertainment venues on Kiambu Road, Ruaka-Kamiti Road and Roysambu and Zimmerman too drug enthusiasts.
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Joints include Club Switch in Kasarani, Whiskey River on Kiambu Road, Red Lion in Ruaka, Oklahoma Choma Zone, Lacascada, Aroma, Backroom, Mkwanju and Dragon.
Men who have been drugged in the past have told the nation that they have lost valuables and got carried away due to frustration police have been unable to follow up on the cases.
Magota left behind at least seven wives and several children, according to police.
The Nation learned that one of the reasons it was difficult Pinning down the syndicate was their use of bank accounts scammed by unsuspecting young men who were tricked into opening them as a requirement for obtaining government jobs.
After the stolen money accounts were traced transferred would end up arresting innocent people , including university students, whose bank accounts may never have held huge deposits.
Additional reporting by Mary Wambui, [emailprotected]