Elizabeth Wanjiru Githinji, a Nakuru-based pastor, travelled to Kasarani, Nairobi on Saturday, March 18, to iron out some differences with a local gospel artiste. This, however, would be her final journey as she was found dead hours later.
According to a police report filed at the Kahawa West Police Station in Kasarani Sub-County in Nairobi, the gospel musician claimed to have instructed her to wash his clothes as he left to attend to some businesses along Thika Road.
The artist reportedly reached out to Githinji who did not respond to his calls. The police report indicated that the musician returned to his house, only to find the pastor hanging from a bed sheet.
Detectives privy to the matter intimated that the pastor was suspected to have been caught up in a love triangle with the gospel artist and a senior real estate dealer. In the report, the singer referred to Githinji as his ex-girlfriend.
“He reported that he left his ex-girlfriend in his house and left for Thika Road and later tried reaching her through the phone, but she was not responding."
"He rushed back to the house in Maziwa sub-location and found her hanging from [a bed sheet tied to] the frame of his wardrobe,” the police report read in part.
The gospel artist is reported to have carried the body inside his vehicle to Jacaranda Maternity Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
According to the police report, the musician took the body from the hospital to Kahawa West police station. Her body was escorted by police officers to Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH).
The gospel artist on Sunday, March 19, recorded a statement at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road as police sought to establish the events that led to the pastor's demise.
The detectives also visited the musician's home in a bid to collect samples and evidence that could give possible leads into the probe.
The news of Githinji's demise elicited an uproar on social media as the majority urged the police to expedite the investigations.
"It's only in Kenya where a person would drive from Nakuru to come and commit suicide in your house. There is a problem somewhere."
"It really screams relationship gone sour, "crime of passion" even without further investigation," read some of the online comments.
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