Police Issue Statement On Boniface Mwangi's Home Bombing

  • Undated image of Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai in his office (left) paired with an image of Activist Boniface Mwangi
    Undated image of Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai in his office (left) paired with an image of Activist Boniface Mwangi
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  • Police have issued a statement following reports by activist Boniface Mwangi that his house was blown up on Wednesday night, October 20, 2021.

    In the statement released by the National Police Service (NPS) on Thursday, October 21, 2021, the law enforcement officers confirmed they had received a formal complaint that a construction site had been attacked and workers robbed.

    Police stated that they were informed by witnesses at the site that three men in a white pickup truck had ambushed them at the construction site in Kinanie, Machakos County.

    According to the police statement, the three attackers had guns and they robbed the workers before detonating explosives at Mwangi's new building.

    Boniface Mwangi's family house under construction in Machakos, pictures posted by the activist on October 12, 2021
    Boniface Mwangi's family house under construction in Machakos, pictures posted by the activist on October 12, 2021
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    "The National Police Service wishes to confirm that a report was this morning filed at Thika Police Station by one Issac Ouma that a house belonging to one Boniface Mwangi, located at Kinanie Location, was attacked by three (3) unknown men in a white pickup Registration Number not known and allegedly armed with pistols," the statement read in part.

    "The attackers accosted the site workers, robbed them of personal effects and assaulted the building still under construction with detonators causing three holes. Police have visited the scene and commenced investigations," it continued.

    The police asked members of the public with any information to come forward. Mwangi was left counting losses after the house which was under construction was dented by explosives.

    Mwangi shared video clips online showing debris scattered around the site after the explosion. He also remarked that his construction workers found bullets and remains of the explosive device at the scene.

    A local publication reported that detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), bomb experts and police had arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area as a probe into the matter begins.

    “Once they are through with combing the scene for any forensic evidence, I will accompany them to the police station to record a statement,” Mwangi stated.

    Mwangi had earlier reached out to the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the DCI asking them to open investigations into the incident.

    "I'm hurting, but my spirit isn't broken. Even this will pass... If the government doesn’t go after the culprits, they shall survive to hunt me and hurt others.

    "The bullets and the remnants of the explosive are in my compound. All l ask is an open and transparent investigation. If speaking the truth will get me killed, I’m ready to die," he added.

    Boniface Mwangi pictured at Central Police Police Station on July 7, 2020.
    Boniface Mwangi pictured at Central Police Police Station on July 7, 2020.
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