Slain principlal Samuel Mbogo's daughter Margaret Wangari giving her tribute during the burial ceremony

Margaret Wangari, a form two student at Kiria-ini girls told mourners if indeed her mother was behind her father’s murder, then her actions are unforgivable.

Margaret gave her tribute during the burial service of her 50 years old father and principal of Gatunguru secondary school, Samuel Mbogo.

Held at Gakurwe primary school in Kiharu sub county, Murang’a county, Margaret wondered why women are turning against their husbands over property.

“Money should not kill such a cheerful person. Why do women nowadays prioritise money that much?” Wangari who was sobbing wondered.

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Slain principal Samuel Mbogo’s daughter Margaret Wangari giving her tribute during the burial ceremony

She said people should consider the effect of their actions on children saying she was undergoing unbearable pain over what happened to her father.

“Those people you kill also have families, mothers, fathers and siblings who care about them. Money is nothing when there is no peace,” Wangari added.

Margaret’s speech moved the crowd to tears as she said that her father’s murder had left her and her four siblings alone as their mother is in police custody.

In a highly emotive burial service, Mbogo was eulogised as a highly effective educator who integrated well with the community.

Mbogo was the first principal at the school that was built in 2011.

His wife Alice Mugechi and another suspect Samuel Gitu are being held at Murang’a police station until May 28 when they are expected to take plea for murder charges.

Hundreds of mourners attended the burial as speakers called on speedy investigations into his murder.

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Slain principal Samuel Mbogo’

Gaturi MCA Kiiru Mwangi asked the police to arrest all that were involved in the murder and ensure they are punished accordingly.

His sentiments were echoed by Woman Representative Sabina Chege who said she will organise a seminar for all male principals in Murang’a county.

She said Mbogo is the second principal to have been murdered in Mathioya sub county in a span of two years after former Kiru principal Solomon Mbuthi whose wife was charged with his murder.

She asked men to open up to others when they face serious marital issues and appealed to women to control their love for money.

“Let us all promote unity in our families but if that becomes impossible, there is no need to stay in a harmful marriage,” she said.

Chege said she will facilitate the education of Wangari and her sibling who is a student at Kenya Medical Training Centre.

Murang’a Heads Association Secretary who is also Mumbi girls high school principal Esther Wambugu said the association is pained to have lost a second principal so soon.

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“I hope the administration will keep its word and ensure no stone is left unturned until all culprits are jailed. We will be keenly watching as an association,” she said.


Mbogo’s death, she said, was no doubt a murder and only speedy justice can heal the hearts of all those affected by his demise.

“If it is true he was murdered by a family member, why murder the breadwinner?” she wondered.

Murang’a KNUT secretary general Rosemary Kamina said it is publicly known that Mbogo and his wife had serious marital issues and that his death may have been stopped if the issues were solved amicably.

“We know there were three other attempts on his life,” Kamina said.

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