Family of late Brenda Kawira disputes suicide hypothesis

The lady is alleged to have committed suicide but family not convinced

Piece by: Maureen Waruinge

• Family wants additional investigations.

• Her death was declared a suicide.

Brenda Wairimu.
Image: Courtesy

The family of a lady who died on February 21 in Kasarani is not convinced that she died by suicide as was declared by police investigating the case.

Kawira was said to have jumped 50 feet to her death from an apartment in Kasarani. At the time of her death, her boyfriend was said to have been the only witness.

He claimed they quarreled on their way to the bedroom before she jumped from the fourth floor of their apartment building.

He told police that she was angry and went to the balcony where she jumped to her death.

The man said he later heard a thud. “I went to check for her in the sitting room, kitchen, and in other rooms and she was nowhere to be seen. I then decided to go to the balcony and I saw her body sprawled on the ground floor,” he further told police based on a Nation excerpt.

The police report which was filed showed the boyfriend got some neighbours to help transport her to Uzima Hospital on Thika Road where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

It is then that police were called to the hospital while her body was still in the backseat of a personal car.

“Physical examination deduced visible injuries and bruises on her face,” the police incident report indicated.

The autopsy report later showed bruises on her right thigh, the left side of the neck, the left cheek, and the legs. The cause of death was “internal bleeding”.

Her family is not buying this explanation and in an interview with Nation newspaper, they are demanding for more investigation into the cause of her death.

The article published in that daily alleges that her relatives are skeptical about how police were quick to declare the death a suicide.

“We want Interior CS Prof Kithure Kindiki and Inspector General of police Mr Japheth Koome to help us put her death in the right perspective,” said Josephine Gitonga, the family’s doctor.

The family doctors added that the witness account does not add up and experts need to be called in from the involvement of the homicide department of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to get a chronology of events leading to Kawira's death.

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