The man who was shot dead in broad daylight Monday afternoon in Mirema Springs in the Roysambu neighborhood of Nairobi after bringing two women home was a scarred man. CCTV camera footage of the incident shows the killer of Samuel Mugo Mugota walking back and forth between two buildings in a black jacket, jeans, white t-shirt and cap, waiting for his target to close in before shooting six times shoots him as a woman walks by.
He then rushes to a waiting silver Toyota Allion, which sped off, leaving the property in shock. Footage shows the incident occurred at around 1:56 p.m.
Mugota’s body was smashed into the windshield of his vehicle, a Honda CRV, with blood spattered across his white shirt and beige trousers, and the engine was found still ongoing.
Witnesses told police the attacker was on a mission to make sure he killed the motorist because he stopped after the first shots and then shot him again.
< When officers arrived at the scene, they collected six spent 9mm rounds, four cell phones and the deceased's personal belongings, including several ID cards and a National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) card. The body was placed in the city morgue under the name Njoroge.
However, his wife and daughters later positively identified him as Samuel Mugo Mugota.
The nation learned that the name in the morgue came from his Alias ”Njoro”, a name by which he is said to be known and which may have led to the assumption that his name was Moses Njoroge Muiruri, which was on an ID card as well as an NHIF card found by police in his car.
An autopsy revealed that he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. His family didn’t want to turn to the media to clarify what he did for a living.
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< h2> Police silence
In Mirema, residents were still coming to terms with the shocking incident, the majority choosing not to report what they saw for fear of victimization. At the same time, officers from the Kasarani Police Division chose to remain silent about the murder, only stating that they were investigating the motive.
Oddly enough, the man’s car was not parked in the station’s yard when the nation’s police visited the police station yesterday. However, The Nation has established that the car, a Honda CRV, is currently registered as the property of ICEA Lion General Insurance Company Ltd. is registered.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) records also show this. The previous owner is listed as Ambrose Mbugua Kirobi, although a search revealed he is an agronomist.
ICEA Communications Manager Nkatha Gitonga clarified that the car belonged to one of the company’s customers.
“It was involved in an accident in February 2021 and was written off, we paid the customer for the depreciation and ownership of The car was transferred back to us, so the logbook says ICEA Lion General Insurance,” she explained.
The company then sold the vehicle at a scrap auction in August 2021.
“The Responsibility for the transfer of ownership in the logbook lies with the buyer. To date, ownership of the vehicle has not been transferred,” she added.
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The country has witnessed similar shocking killings in the recent past. In March this year, 66-year-old Sudhir Shah, a director of Ndarugo Plantation 1960 Ltd, was shot dead by two assailants on a motorbike after ending a meeting at the company’s office.
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In June last year, Daniel Gucoma Ndutire died on the spot in Gwa-Kairu, Juja after a gang of three riding a motorcycle stole his white Subaru Forester sprayed with bullets.
In 2018, another motorist was killed after his white Mercedes-Benz was hit with dozens of bullets near the Vincentian Retreat Center on the Thika Superhighway. His attackers then raced towards Nairobi.