Kiambu Businessman, Wife Found Dead Inside Bedroom

  • Kiambu Businessman Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga (right) and his wife Philomena Njeri.
    Kiambu Businessman Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga (right) and his wife Philomena Njeri.
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  • A prominent Kiambu businessman and his wife were found dead inside their house on Tuesday, August 3.

    According to a police report seen by Kenyans.co.ke, the businessman was identified as Jonathan Mukundi and his wife as Philomena Njeri. 

    The report alleges that the businessman allegedly shot his wife in the head killing her instantly before turning the gun on himself.

    The report also indicated that the 42-year-old man was a licensed gun holder.

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    The two bodies were found in their bedroom.

    One of the businessman's friends notified the police of his (Mukundi) failure to pick his calls prompting the law enforcement officers to visit the house.

    “The officers from Kiambu Police Station proceeded to his house where the bedroom was found locked. The door was broken and the bodies of the said Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga, a Kikuyu male adult aged 42 years, and his wife namely Phelomena Njeri, adult aged around 30 years, were found lifeless (sic),” read the police report in part.

    The officers also found a mini glock gun at the scene. The bodies of the two were transferred to Kenyatta Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.

    This comes even as mental health cases resulting to murder and suicide among members of the public as well as police officers are on the rise.

    It is estimated that 483 individuals committed suicide in the three months to June 2021 raising concerns over mental health across the country.

    The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti, called on the state to commission research on the cause of the worrying trend.

    “We have never recorded such a high number of suicides before and this is not only alarming but calls for urgent remedial measures,” stated Kinoti.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations Boss George Kinoti addresses guests and the press during the ceremony at the DCI Headquarters in Kiambu.
    DCI Boss George Kinoti Addresses Guests and the Press During the Ceremony at the DCI Headquarters in Kiambu on June 22.
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