Crucial documents that murdered journalist possessed before his death.
Investigators have revealed that veteran journalist Gatonye Gathura owned land records and intended to write an article before his death.
Preliminary investigations by detectives from the Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) show that the demonstrations highlighted the land dispute in the Ewaso Kedong area, on the border between Narok and Nakuru counties.
Detectives are now investigating the matter to determine whether the disclosure was directly linked to his death and whether some people wanted to silence him.
The journalist’s body was found in the morgue of Naivasha Sub-County Referral Hospital, a month after he disappeared. It was after the registrar of people took the fingerprints of the damaged body.
A copper wire was found around his neck, a sign that he had been tortured before he died.
“We regard his death as a murder. We suspect he was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in Naivasha,” Naivasha Sub-County Police Commander Samuel Waweru said.
According to his nephew, George Gatonye, the whole family was unaware of the disappearance of the veteran journalist for about a month.
His nephew said the reporter was a secretive person and never said anything about what he was going through, making it difficult for the family to keep track of him.
The family had not received any threats or even any guidelines indicating that Gatonye’s life was in danger.
“He had not shown any fear for his life. It is clear that his uncle was strangled by unknown individuals.”
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