Renowned political activist and blogger Daniel Muthiani, popularly known as “Sniper,” has been found dead after mysteriously disappearing on Monday, December 4, 2023.
The news was confirmed by Abogeta West Member of County Assembly, Denis Kiogora, who expressed condolences and called for justice.
Sniper was known for his fearless approach to addressing various social and political issues, making his sudden death a devastating loss for those who valued his outspokenness.
His disappearance has sparked an online debate, with many expressing grief and demanding a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his demise.
According to reports, Sniper went missing after receiving a call from an unidentified person expressing concern about the nature of his social media posts.
Following the call, he left his residence in Kabuitu, Igembe Central, Meru County, and had not been heard from since.
In a letter written by Mike Mutembei, alias Macarena, on behalf of Sniper’s family and addressed to the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss, Mohammed Amin, revealed that the caller who contacted Sniper was known and had suggested a meeting before introducing him to a prominent leader in the county.
“The person informed him that they should meet before they go ahead and meet one of the top leaders in the county,” said Mutembei, who is also the chairperson of the People Living with Disabilities in Meru.
Concerns escalated when the family started receiving calls demanding money for the blogger’s release. Sniper had informed his wife about the meeting with the caller, adding another layer of complexity to the situation.
The family promptly reported the matter to Maua Police Station, recorded under Occurrence Book (OB) number 38/04/12/2023. Meru County Police Commander, Cunningham Suiyanka, assured the public that investigations were underway following the disappearance report.
“The County Criminal Investigation Officer and a team of officers are currently on the ground, and once we get information, we will update you on the progress,” said Suiyanka during a media briefing.