Meru-based blogger Daniel Muthiani, widely known as Sniper, met his demise through strangulation, as revealed by the autopsy conducted on his body at the Marimanti Level 4 Hospital Mortuary on Friday.
The government pathologist, Johansen Oduor, disclosed that marks on Sniper’s neck and signs of oxygen deprivation indicated a clear case of strangulation.
The postmortem further uncovered fractured ribs and injuries on his head, suggesting that Sniper was strangled before being disposed of in a river.
The examination of the body showed there were no defense injuries, leaving unsettling questions about whether he was subdued to a point where self-defense was impossible.
Despite the advanced state of decomposition of the body, DNA samples were collected to confirm Sniper’s identity.
Family members expressed satisfaction with the postmortem, urging law enforcement to swiftly apprehend the perpetrators for justice to prevail.
Sniper went missing on December 2, and his lifeless body was discovered on December 16, 2023.
Police sources have identified possible suspects, including local workers, and arrests are anticipated following the confirmation of murder.
As news of Sniper’s gruesome death spread, calls for justice echoed from various quarters.
President William Ruto’s digital secretary, Dennis Itumbi, implored the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to take immediate action and ensure those responsible faced the full force of the law.
“We have a great DCI Kenya boss. Please ndugu find the killers of this blogger and let them face the full force of the law,” Itumbi called on DCI.
Itumbi acknowledged that bloggers might at times have different opinions which some in society may not agree with.
He, however, said a difference in opinion is not a reason enough to harm a blogger.
“If anyone disagrees with a blogger please do not torture and kill anyone for having an opinion. Counter it with system ya facts – unacceptable!” Itumbi said.
Kileleshwa MCA Robert Alai, representing a collective voice of bloggers, expressed shock and outrage over the brutal killing.
Alai said bloggers are deeply shocked and outraged by the brutal kidnapping and murder of the Meru-based blogger.
“Muthiani’s consistent criticism of the Meru County leadership raises serious concerns about the moves behind his tragic death.”
“We urgently call upon the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, along with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into this heinous crime,” he said.