Police trace fugitive Kang’ethe’s phone to Machakos, Nairobi and Kiambu

Machakos, Nairobi and Kiambu counties are some of the places where Mr Kevin Adam Kinyanjui Kang’ethe, a murder suspect wanted in the United States of America (USA) for ending the life of his girlfriend, has been since he escaped from Muthaiga Police Station, the Nation has learnt.

Mr Kinyanjui, who managed to evade arrest in the USA where he ended the life of Ms Margaret Mbitu in October, also hid from police officers in Kenya for three months until he was nabbed on January 31, 2024 as he was leaving a busy nightclub in Westlands.

However, he would escape from Muthaiga Police Station and since then, detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have been chasing him but they are yet to catch him.

“A few hours after he escaped from Muthaiga Police Station, his phone signals were traced to Machakos County. Officers are also aware of the people he contacted during that period,” said a detective attached to the DCI who spoke in confidence as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Security experts are now poking holes in the whole affair as they accuse the police of laxity and also say corruption is the main reason why such suspects like Mr Kinyanjui manage to escape from police cells.

Mr Kinyanjui is said to have walked barefoot out of Muthaiga police station exactly six minutes after being allowed out of cell number four by officers to discuss some legal matters with his lawyer. Police identified the lawyer as Mr. John Maina Ndegwa.

The murder suspect had on October 31, 2023 allegedly ended the life of his girlfriend identified as Ms Margaret Mbitu before dumping her body in a personal motor vehicle and boarding a plane to Kenya.

Police in the state of Massachusetts then said that the body was found in the car, which was well parked at Logan International Airport. It is from the same airport that Mr Kinyanjui boarded a flight to Kenya.

In a span of six minutes, the suspect went missing while his lawyer remained seated in a room where they were supposed to have a chat, which is also used by detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to grill and question detainees.

The walkout from the station led to the arrest of four police officers who were on duty when the suspect escaped. Muthaiga is one of the police stations where several plainclothes police officers operate outside the premises and are fond of making arrests.

Ms Esther Njeri, the Officer Commanding Station (OCS) at Muthaiga Police Station, who was recently transferred from Lang’ata, was in a meeting with other officers when the suspect fled.

If Mr Kinyanjui’s extradition goes through, he will be charged in the U.S., where federal law allows only two sentences for first-degree murder: life imprisonment or the death penalty.

This is not the first time that prisoners have managed to escape from a police cell, leaving officers on duty to explain what happened.

According to Kenyan law, any person in lawful custody who escapes is guilty of a misdemeanor.

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