Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) have arrested the prime suspect in the murder of four men in Kitengela.
A 40-year-old suspect Benson Melonyie Ole Mungai was flashed out of a hideout in Kitengela on Monday, August 16.
Through its Twitter account, the DCI announced that Benson Melonyie ole Mungai, 40, was arrested by detectives in a covert operation on Monday, August 16. The investigation agency claims that Mungai masterminded the killings of the four for reasons better known to himself.
Two brothers Fred Mureithi, 30, and Victor Mwangi, 25, their friends Mike George, 29, and Nicholas Musa, 28, were lynched by a mob after they were allegedly mistaken for cattle rustlers.
According to a report by the DCI, forensic investigations placed the suspect into the scene of crime where it was discovered that he was behind the killings.
“His arrest comes a few days after DCI took over investigations into the murders and moved with speed to pursue the killers. Ole Mungai was positively linked into the brutal killings after forensic investigations placed him at the scene of the crime, where it was established that he led and coordinated the killing of the four,” Read a report by the DCI
DCI says they are in pursuit of other killers involved as Ole Mungai remains in custody to assist with further investigations.
Among the four killed in Kitengela included two brothers who had gone to visit their cousin for a housewarming party and at the same time celebrate their birthday.
Fred Mureithi, 30, his younger brother Victor Mwangi who was celebrating his 25th birthday, and their two cousins Mike George, 29, and Nicholas Musa, 28 together when they were allegedly mistaken for cattle rustlers and killed.
The four had reportedly parked their motorbikes at a riverbank when they were allegedly mistaken for cattle rustlers. They had gone to buy chicken at the nearby shop when their bikes had been parked.
It said that residents alerted each other, pounced on the four men without listening to their pleas and killed them. They also burnt their motorbikes.
The incident happened on August 13, near a riverbank at Enkamulyat area, some 14km from Kitengela town.
It is not clear yet whether the motive behind their deaths was mistaken identity as the DCI reports seem to indicate that their murder was premeditated and coordinated by the suspect.
Mungai is reportedly helping police with investigations as they gather together evidence to establish circumstances that led to the brutal murders.
The law enforcement agency further notes that a manhunt has been intensified to capture the other suspects. Police are also in pursuit of a politician said to have fired in the air to disperse the mob that was lynching the four men.