CS Kindiki speaks out after the murder of Meru blogger 'Snipper'


•Sniper disappeared on December 2, before his body was discovered on December 16.

Daniel Muthiani
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Interior CS Kithure Kindiki now says that all those responsible for the murder of Meru blogger Daniel Muthiani Benard, also known as Sniper, will have a date with justice.

In a statement on Friday, Kindiki said detectives probing the case are concluding the process of identifying all those involved in his murder.

"Those responsible for organizing, financing and executing the cruel murder of Daniel Muthiani, alias Sniper, have a date with justice.

"Detectives are concluding the process of identifying the evil perpetrators, including those who lured the young man to his death and those who tortured, murdered and dumped his body in an attempt to conceal the terrible crime," Kindiki said on X.

Sniper disappeared on December 2, before his body was discovered on December 16.

An autopsy conducted on Friday by government pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Marimanti Level 4 Hospital Mortuary showed that Sniper died of strangulation.

He also had fractured ribs and showed injuries on his head which suggested that he was strangled before being thrown into a river.

A section of Kenyans, including senior state officials and institutions have condemned the murder of Sniper and called for the arrest of those suspected to be behind Sniper's death.

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya noted that the Kenyan constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive and impart information.

Calling for justice for the blogger, it added that every Kenyan has the right to criticise and question those entrusted with power by the people.

Public Service CS Moses Kuria also noted that the disappearance of Meru-based human rights and political activist Snipper was not something to be taken for granted.

"Verily, verily I say unto the one responsible- You will not get away with this. I will pursue this matter to the bitter end Meru blogger dead Snipper," he said on X.

The CS claimed that the murder of Snipper is in line with the continued profiling and stigmatization of Mt Kenya youths, branding them as members of outlawed gangs.

"When the threshold of what is legit Humanitarian standards fall this low, the outcome is what you see," Kuria added.

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