Police are investigating reports that the shooting incident in which a bride-to-be and her brother in law were shot dead may be linked to police imposter Joshua Waiganjo.
Beatrice Nyaoke , 32, died instantly when she was shot as she and her brother-in-law Ayub Nyaoke walked into a shop at Corner House to collect her wedding ring. Her brother died early yesterday morning after he being shot in the head and the leg.
The police say Beatrice may have been ‘collateral damage’ in the hit which was targeting her brother in law who works as a constable with the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in Transmara.
Prior to this, Ayub had been based at Gilgil where Waiganjo claims he was based. Waiganjo is currently facing charges of impersonating a señior police officer, robbery with violence among other counts.
Police sources said that Ayub is among several other anti-Stock Theft policemen who had testified before the six-member probe team appointed by the National Police Service Commission to investigate the fake cop saga.
He was among those who were expected to be called in as witnesses if and when interdicted Anti-Stock Theft Unit boss Remy Ngugi and former Rift Valley police boss John Mbijjiwe are taken to court on abuse of office charges as recommended in April by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.
Waiganjo, who has all along maintained that he was a police reservist who operated in Gilgil and other parts of the Rift Valley with the full knowledge and sanction of both Mbijiiwe and Ngugi, recently said he was penning an autobiography —”Goodbye Police Comrades” in which he would expose senior people in the government and the police service in wrongdoing.
“I have so much information and I am appealing to the President to institute an independent commission so that the country can get to know the whole truth,” he said last Friday when he made an appearance in a Naivasha court where he has been charged with impersonating a policeman.
The police were working on this lead as they dismissed robbery as the motive for the attack. The three men who shot at Beatrice and Ayub did not make any attempt to rob them or even the shop which they were just about to enter but walked away mingling with the crowd on the streets.
Ayub had taken leave from August 1 to attend his elder brother,Newton Nyaoke’s wedding to Beatrice which was scheduled for this Saturday. He travelled to Nairobi last Wednesday to assist Newton with the wedding preparations.
Newton, 40 , who works as a security guard was yesterday at the Central Police Station where he recorded a statement. He recalled how he and Beatrice had woken up early that morning to attend the funeral of a child of a relative who was buried in Lang’ata cemetery.
He said they had no misgivings as they had their lunch before going to the shop to buy the wedding ring. He said the gunmen ordered him, Beatrice andAyub as well as the store attendants in the shop to lie down before shooting at them.
At the Nyaoke home in Mathare 4A, Rose Ong’owa was unconsolable as she grieved the death of a son and her daughter-in-law. At St Christopher ACK Church where the couple’s 13-year relationship was to be solemnized with a church ceremony, Vicar Reverend Felix Ndirangu expressed shock at the death of Beatrice whom he described as a upstanding member of the church.
The Nyaoke’s were married in 2000 and had four children — two boys and two girls aged between 10 and one-and-a half years. Beatrice was a businesswoman selling clothes at Nairobi’s Huruma Estate.