A Foreign National Suspected in Roysambu Murder Arrested at JKIA Trying to Escape


Kasarani detectives in Nairobi County have apprehended a foreign national at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) under suspicion of involvement in the murder of a 20-year-old woman, whose mutilated body was discovered in a Roysambu residence.

The individual, traveling with a Mozambican passport, was stopped before boarding a plane and subjected to questioning at the airport. Subsequently, they were transferred to Kasarani Police Station pending identification.

Sources close to the investigation informed KENLIVE.CO.KE  that the arrest took place due to the suspect arousing suspicion. However, it is currently too early to confirm whether this person is the one captured on CCTV last Saturday, picking up the keys to the house where the alleged murder occurred.

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Detectives are actively searching for the missing head of the victim, along with her personal belongings such as clothes and a mobile phone. The victim, a university student, had traveled from Athi River to Roysambu to have dinner with the suspected killer, as per family members who positively identified her body on Monday.

The brutal incident has garnered condemnation from the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), urging the government to enhance protection for women and girls amidst rising cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). FIDA emphasized the need for thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding such killings.

FIDA Vice Chair Christine Kung’u expressed concern over the state’s failure to protect women and girls, especially in cases of violence perpetrated by individuals known to the victims in private spaces.

FIDA CEO Anne Ireri raised questions about the handling of reported cases, citing the importance of tightening measures and maintaining databases of sexual violators to track perpetrators effectively.

Alfred Mutua, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, responsible for licensing private accommodation facilities, announced that the Tourism Regulatory Authority (TRA) would rigorously enforce compliance and take legal action against violations.

He urged the public to verify the registration and license status of facilities to ensure adherence to government directives, also mentioning a comprehensive review of current regulations for closer partnerships with accommodation providers.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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