Police Investigate Call Robber Made After Shooting KBC Journalist

  • Kenya Broadcasting Corporation journalist and video editor Betty Mutekhele
    Kenya Broadcasting Corporation journalist and video editor Betty Mutekhele
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  • Police officers are investigating a call that was made by an armed robber that killed KBC journalist Betty Mutekhele after shooting her twice in the head at a close range.

    The shooter is reported to have accompanied Mutekhele to the bedroom upstairs, where he wanted to be given money and other valuables.

    A police officer privy to the investigations stated that a key witness who was hiding in the house disclosed that the thug was receiving instructions on phone from an unknown person.

    Sisi tumetimbua (We have killed her)," the witness overheard.

    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
    KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.
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    At the time, other family members including her husband and two children were being held hostage by two other robbers in their living room.

    Mutekhele had been accosted by the three men outside her gate as she arrived at her Ngong home at around 8:30 pm.

    The house help had gone to open the gate when she saw the trio who had been hiding in a nearby home that is still under construction. She ran and hid accompanied by one of Mutekhele's children.

    "There were screams that prompted Mutekhele's husband to walk out and check the commotion. It is here that the thugs asked Mutekhele to alight from her car and get inside the house together with her husband.

    "The trio spent the first five minutes looking for the house help but they did not get her. She and Mutekhele's daughter had found a safe place to hide" a source privy to the matter told Kenyans.co.ke.

    The attackers left the home with the journalist's laptop and mobile phone.

    Police are seeking to find out who was the recipient of the phone call, why Mutekhele was the target and whether the thugs were after money or killing her.

    Her body was taken to Montezuma funeral home.

    A number of journalists have mourned the deceased as a humble and hardworking scribe who will be dearly missed.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke