Jonathan Mukundi with wife Philomena Njeri
Jonathan Mukundi with wife Philomena Njeri

Friends and close colleagues of Philomena Njeri envied her life. She was married to a rich man, a tycoon, she never wanted for anything.

But for a child. A biological child. Something Mukundi could never give her.

Njeri was a client to Eloise Nyawira, who has a makeup shop at Garden City Mall.

The first time Njeri walked into her shop, Nyawira says it was memorable, she remembers it as clear as if it was yesterday.

"She was in the company of her husband, Jonathan Mukundi. The two were openly in love. It is difficult to explain what led them that far," Nyawira said.

She said Njeri was very friendly and remained her loyal client.

"Her husband treated her like a queen based on her WhatsApp status uploads," Nyawira said.

"She would post photos of herself having parties and when I probed or complimented her, Njeri would tell me that it was her husband treating her."

Their workers said that on March 23, 2021, Njeri held a lavish birthday party after which she left then showed up on Monday.

Philomena Njeri during happier times during her last birthday party
Philomena Njeri during happier times during her last birthday party

Before leaving her marriage on its sixth year, she had tried many IVF treatments together with Mukundi to no avail. Mukundi knew he was infertile and never shared this information with her.

He later lured her back this week and shot her while she was sleeping. Three bullets hit her head before he turned the gun on himself.

Kiambu East DCIO Dennis Wekesa said that the concerned friend made the reports at around 6 pm after failing to reach the deceased couple for the better part of the day as their calls went unanswered.

“He reported that he had been trying to call him and his wife but the calls were going through, but they were not answered,” he said. 

Wekesa said Njuguna raised the alarm as he had on the previous day agreed to accompany Gachunga to the Kiambu Police station to follow up on a road accident case that he had near their Kirigiti home.

“Mr. Njuguna, therefore, decided to report to the police after failing to reach him on phone and finding the door to their house locked from the inside without response from the two,” he said.

Jonathan Mukundi with wife Philomena Njeri
Jonathan Mukundi with wife Philomena Njeri

Wekesa says when officers arrived at the home, they had to force their way in as the door was locked before they could proceed to the couple’s bedroom where the bodies were found. 

“The lady was lying dead on the bed and the gentleman was lying dead on the floor, adjacent to the bed,” he said.

“The lady had several shots on the head and there were visibly spent cartridges numbering about five, just next to the body,” the DCIO explained. 

He added that there was a sixth cartridge on the bed which is believed to have been spent after Mukundi shot himself in the head.

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