Detectives in Kitengela, Kajiado County, have arrested two ladies in connection with the abduction and gruesome murder of Shantel Nzembi, a grade two pupil.
Nativity Nduku Mutindi, ,27 was arrested on Thursday evening in Athi river while Agnes Kisiva was arrested on Friday at her hideout in Kitengela town.
Mutindi, 30, is believed to have been the one who lured the minor into her killer’s trap as she operated an Mpesa shop near the minor’s residence.
Her phone, according to the investigators, is one of those which was used to make calls to the mother demanding a Sh300,000 ransom.
Kisiva, who is believed to have been the mastermind of the kidnapping was flushed out of her hideout by detectives after reportedly resisting arrest. The two are expected to be arraigned in court on Monday 7.
Meanwhile, two of their accomplices Livingston Makacha Otengo, a Boda boda rider and Francis Mbuthia Mikuhu,42, were on Thursday arraigned at a Kajiado court but failed to take plea as the prosecution filed an application to hold them for ten more days to complete investigation.
Otengo was arrested, Wednesday, after he was found in possession of the mobile phone used to call the deceased’s mother, Christine Ngina, while Mihuku was arrested as one of the Airtel lines used to demand ransom was registered to his name.
Shantel Nzembi, went missing on Saturday May 29, after leaving her home in Kitengela town to go play with a neighbor’s friend only identified as Sharon.
Her mother, said she got worried when she did not return early and went looking for her at Sharon’s home only to be told Sharon was away visiting a relative.
Ngina started looking for her daughter everywhere to no avail. She would then receive a call from a private number from a lady asking her to send Sh300, 000 for the release of her daughter.
“The woman on the phone told me that she had my daughter. She kept on referring to me as Mama Sharon though I told her my daughter was called Shantel. She said that if I wanted to see her alive, I should pay Sh300, 000,” said Ngina.
Ngina said she reported the incident to the police only for her daughter’s body to be recovered on Monday 31st, inside a gunny bag at Orata area, Noonkopir.
By Rop Janet