Blogger Sniper: ODPP Settles on Kawira Mwangaza’s Brother & 1 Other as Murder Suspects

Office of the Director of Prosecutions (ODDP) has sustained murder charges against two of the six suspects arrested for the murder of Meru blogger Daniel Muthiani alias Sniper. 

In a statement released by the ODPP on Thursday, the prosecution noted that the department had received files from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for inquiry and advice regarding the case. 

The office upon thorough analysis of the facts presented in the documents concluded that there was enough evidence to prefer murder charges on Vincent Murithi Kirimi alias Supuu and Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza’s brother, Murangiri Kenneth Guantai alias Tali. 

“The director of public prosecutions (DPP) is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain the charge of murder against Vincent Murithi Kirimi alias Supuu and Murangiri Kenneth Guantai alias Tali,” the statement read in part. 

Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza addresses Senators during her impeachment hearing on November 8, 2023.


Senator Moses Otieno Kajwang

ODPP further directed the two suspects to be arraigned at the High Court in Kiambu for the offence at a later date. 

It also filed a miscellaneous application against five other suspects which are pending at the Kibera Law Courts. 

“The ODPP undertakes to prosecute the matter expeditiously, and shall upon completion of the investigations issue appropriate directions,” the statement added. 

Detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Friday, January 5, arrested Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza’s brother and five other suspects linked to the murder of Sniper. 

According to documents from the DCI, the accused persons contacted the Meru blogger, assuring him of a meeting with Mwangaza to discuss a truce. 

The department further claimed that evidence showed that Sniper had travelled from his home in Igembe South to Meru town to meet the suspects before he was reported missing. 

DCI officers in their advanced stages of the investigations into the murder surrounded Kawira Mwangaza’s home in Meru, which caused an uproar within the public, as involved parties protesting for Sniper’s justice demanded answers. 

Upper Eastern DCI Coordinator Lenny Kisaka speaking to the media confirmed that a forensic team led by the Director of homicide from the DCI headquarters had been brought on board to help process the scenes in question. 

“The house of the governor is one of the many places we are visiting in the process of collecting what is relevant to the matter we are investigating,” he stated.

Daniel Muthiani, who is widely known for his political opinions, was found dead on Sunday, December 17, 2023, under mysterious circumstances after missing for over three weeks. 

A photo of Meru Blogger Daniel Muthiani Bernard alias Sniper.


Dan Nyaga

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