Confusion as Missing Security Analyst Mwenda Mbijiwe Leaves WhatsApp Groups

  • Security expert Mwenda Mbijiwe speaking during a past press briefing.
    An undated photo of security expert Mwenda Mbijiwe
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  • Speculation was rife on Friday, October 14, after missing former Kenya Air Force officer and security officer Mwenda Mbijiwe left WhatsApp groups.

    The ex-officer, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on Saturday, June 12, is yet to be found.

    A screenshot making rounds on social media, however, indicated that Mbijiwe, through his last known mobile number, left a number of WhatsApp groups.

    Security analyst Mwenda Mbijiwe attending a court case in June 2019
    Security analyst Mwenda Mbijiwe attending a court case in June 2019.
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    Taking to Twitter on Thursday, October 14, Syombua Osiany stated ," Mwenda Mbijiwe was my classmate at UoN. He went missing a couple of months ago. We're shocked in our group that he has just left the WhatsApp group!"

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Mbijiwe's sister Tamara, stated that the former officer was still missing and no developments had been made in the case.

    According to WhatsApp terms of use, to maintain security, limit data retention, and protect the privacy of their users, accounts are generally deleted after 120 days of inactivity. Inactivity means the user has not connected to WhatsApp.

    Mbijiwe is a popular TV analyst and consultant who specializes on security matters. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Eye on Security, a security consultancy agency.

    Before his disappearance, the TV analyst was on his way to Meru County, to visit a sick relative.

    A local businessman, Edward Mwangi,  who had rented his car to Mbijiwe, tried to contact him on the day he went missing.

    His efforts, were however futile, after Mbijiwe never responded and his phone later went off.

    Through the vehicle's tracking device, Mwangi affirmed that he traced the car to Kasarani on the morning of Friday, June 18, and later on the device that indicated the car was in Kahawa West.

    The car he was last spotted in, was traced along the Kamiti Corner area, on Sunday, October 20, with the doors vandalised, keys missing and the radiator plugged off.

    Mwenda Mbijiwe's mother Jane Gatwiri addressing the press on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
    Mwenda Mbijiwe's mother Jane Gatwiri addressing the press on Saturday, July 3, 2021.
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