Recce Squad of­fi­cer shoots lover 53 times, kills him­self

US-trained com­mando sent his wife a text mes­sage, telling her to call his col­leagues at 10am to find out what has hap­pened

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - KAMORE MAINA @kamore­maina

A Recce Squad of­fi­cer used an M16 ri­fle to fire 53 bul­lets at his girl­friend be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self in his house at the GSU head­quar­ters in Ruiru.

US-trained com­mando Kennedy Mwarabu shot Nthenya Katheka last Fri­day af­ter she al­legedly told him she was leav­ing him to marry some­one else.

The two had also re­port­edly quar­relled over Sh420,000 Katheka al­legedly took from Mwarabu.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say Mwarabu skipped work on Fri­day. He had been as­signed to the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

De­tec­tives said Mwarabu sent a text mes­sage to his wife in Mom­basa at 7.30am and told her to call his col­leagues at 10am to find out what will have hap­pened.

He shot his lover shortly af­ter 9.15 am.

Recce Unit of­fi­cers said they tried in vain to call Mwarabu af­ter hear­ing gun­shots from his house. They said they went to his house and pleaded with him to sur­ren­der but he re­fused to open the door.

De­tec­tives said they re­cov­ered Katheka’s sim card. The card was crushed. In­ves­ti­ga­tors say this is an in­di­ca­tion the two might have quar­relled over the con­tents of the phone.

They said one plate of Ugali was un­touched. A neigh­bour told the Star Mwarabu and Katheka had been liv­ing to­gether for close to three months af­ter the cop re­turned from the US.

Katheka re­port­edly moved out of Mwarabu’s house two weeks ago and was an oc­ca­sional vis­i­tor. Neigh­bours say she some­times spent the night then left. De­tec­tives said Katheka went to Mwarabu’s house last Thurs­day.

Sources say Mwarabu was an in­tro­vert.

They said Mwarabu and Katheka quar­relled on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, but man­aged to re­solve their dif­fer­ences am­i­ca­bly.

Recce Squad boss and Deputy IG Joel Ki­tili

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