Diana Mumbi Mwangi, the late journalism student from Multimedia University in Kajiado County had been missing for almost a month before she was found dead.
The sad tale begins on November 18 when Diana Mumbi Mwangi left her sister’s house in Free Area, Nakuru town in Nakuru County. According to her father Peter Mwangi, Ms. Mumbi left the Ongata Rongai campus to her sister’s house on November 10 since lecturers had been on strike. After she had left her sisters home, Doris informed him that Diana needed some money. He said:
“THE NEXT DAY, AT 5.45AM, I SENT HER THE MONEY BUT SHE DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT. LATER, AT 10 AM, I CALLED HER TO FIND OUT WHETHER SHE HAD RECEIVED THE MONEY BUT CALLS TO HER PHONE WERE NOT GOING THROUGH.”
The distraught and desperate father sprung into action immediately. He recounted:
“THE FIRST PLACE I VISITED WAS HER UNIVERSITY AND, WHEN I DID NOT FIND HER, I DECIDED TO GO TO NAKURU, WHERE SHE WAS LAST SEEN. I REPORTED THE MATTER THE NEXT DAY AT TEACHERS POLICE STATION UNDER OB NUMBER 07/22/11/2017. MY ELDER DAUGHTER HAD ALSO RECORDED A STATEMENT ON THE MATTER AND SO POLICE WERE ALREADY INVESTIGATING. THE OFFICER HANDLING THE MATTER SAID HE HAD TRACKED HER PHONE TO MANGERETA IN MTITO ANDEI (MAKUENI COUNTY).”
When that did not bear fruit, the police officer checked the call history and told me that the last person my daughter spoke to was called Ahmed, and they had talked for 32 minutes on November 18.
“THE OFFICER CALLED THAT NUMBER AND THE RESPONDENT SAID HE WAS IN MARIAKANI. HE SAID HE KNEW MUMBI, THEY HAD MET, BUT HE WAS NOT WITH HER AT THAT MOMENT. WHAT SURPRISED ME IS THAT, INSTEAD OF THE POLICEMAN GOING FOR THE MAN, HE INFORMED HIM ON PHONE THAT MUMBI WAS DEAD AND HE WOULD BE REACHED TO HELP POLICE IN CONDUCTING INVESTIGATIONS INTO HER DISAPPEARANCE AND DEATH.”
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