Son-in law and ‘mboch’ charged with murdering prominent Thika businesswoman

L-R:The late Joyce Wambui and Cyrin Chege, her son-in-law.Wambui was hit on the head with a crowbar after she got home from work

The murder of a prominent Thika businesswoman took another twist after her son-in-law and house help were charged in connection with her death.

Cyrin Chege and Purity Wanjiru were charged with five others over the brutal murder of Joyce Wambui at her palatial home in Maki estate near Thika town at around 8pm on February 27.

The house help had worked for Wambui for only two months. During the attack, the assailants were said to have disabled security cameras.

Wambui was hit on the head with a crowbar after she got home from work. She had deep head and jaw injuries in a murder whose motive is yet to be established since nothing was stolen.

She owned one of the biggest wholesale stores and several commercial buildings in Thika town, where her family has done business for more than 40 years.

It later emerged that her home had been raided three months before her death and allegedly more than Sh5 million stolen. She was assaulted mercilessly, but no one was arrested.

Chege was charged alongside Vinius Mariga, Tom Kariuki, John Maina, James Munene and John Wanyoike before Thika principal magistrate Benson Ireri, but did not take pleas after CID officers conducting investigations requested for seven more days to arrest more suspects.

Chege’s lawyer, Nelko Misati, pleaded with the court to reduce the days to five as his client had stayed in cold cells for a long time. Chege had also requested time out for medical check-up, but the magistrate ordered that the seven be detained at Kirwara Police Station in Gatanga for seven days and return to court once the probe was completed.

Wambui is survived by one daughter, Mercy Githitu. Wambui’s husband, Peter Githitu, was assassinated in 2006 outside their wholesale shop in Thika by unknown people. No one has ever been arrested in connection with his murder, neither the motive revealed.

Wambui was buried in her rural Mukurwe village home in Gatundu North.