NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 7 – Kabete Member of Parliament George Muchai, his two bodyguards and a driver were shot dead by gunmen in Nairobi on Saturday morning.
According to police, the four were sprayed with bullets at about 4.30 am when their vehicle slowed down at the Nyayo House round about on Kenyatta Avenue.
“They were all shot at very close range,” a police officer of a lower rank who was among the first to arrive at the scene said of the four whose blood-soaked bodies were lumped up together in their vehicle.
Kenya’s top police chiefs including CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro were at the scene but did not provide more details, only saying the matter was under investigation.
A senior police officer told Capital FM News that they are not ruling out an execution, based on the nature and circumstances of the shooting.
“It is something we can’t rule out at all because we have been told the gunmen were masked,” the officer whom we cannot name because he has no authority to comment on active investigations said, “It seems to us like something that was well planned but we will get to the bottom of it.”
There were reports that the MPs vehicle was sprayed with bullets by men in a Probox vehicle whose number plates were concealed, but police said they will interrogate anyone who may have witnessed the incident, including a newspaper vendor who was at the roundabout, as part of their investigation.
The Probox is reported to have hit the vehicle from the right side before it stopped, only for masked gunmen to alight with their guns trained on the occupants of the MPs vehicle, a Toyota Fortuner.
The MPs family members, including his daughter were in a separate vehicle behind them–all coming from a family function in Westlands and were headed to their home on Kangundo Road.
“The rest of the family members were in a separate vehicle all going home,” he said, adding “They also stole a briefcase and two pistols from the bodyguards, but the MPs pistol was found intact.”
Capital FM News has established that there is already a team of detectives from various police units that has been tasked to track the MPs last movements and people he may have associated with prior to the shooting.
Police have said they will also rely on CCTV cameras mounted at the round about as part of the investigation to unravel the bizarre murders.
“We are interested to know how he spent the rest of his night until 4.30 am when the attack occurred, this can help in the investigation among other issues,” another detective involved in the investigation said, and referred us to higher authorities for more information.
Administration Policemen stationed at Nyayo House and guards at adjacent buildings who were among the first to arrive at the scene said they found all of them already dead, after the gunshots.
An ambulance which was dispatched there soon after the shooting did not find them alive either.
“Our medics who responded to the early morning cold-blooded murder found no signs of life in all the four,” Fred Majiwa, a Communications Manager at St John Ambulance said in a statement.
Following the shooting, a section of Kenyatta Avenue was blocked by police who were combing the scene before the four bodies could be taken to the mortuary.
CORD leader Raila Odinga described the MP’s killing as “bizarre and beastly, and a shock to the nation”
“On behalf of my family, the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) the ODM party and on my own behalf, I wish the families of the late Muchai and his aides, relatives and the people of Kabete God’s strength and courage during this trying moment,” he said in a statement, adding “Such horrendous executions should not be happening in today’s Kenya and more so the civilised society that we live in.”