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Officers who shot millionaire George Kirubi’s alleged unfaithful wife found guilty.

When city multi-millionaire George Kirubi declared to the whole world in 2019, after his wife’s burial, that his dead wife was a cheating unfaithful partner, this marked the climax of a scandal that had gripped the entire country for months.

Yesterday’s ruling by the High Court of the two policemen who shot dead Janet Wangui brought back memories of the scandalous incident that ruled the airwaves and newspapers for weeks back in 2018. It was the classic tale of money, sex and family rivalry.

Police constables William Chirchir and Godfrey Kirui who had been charged with the death of Janet Wangui Waiyaki were found guilty of manslaughter in yesterday’s ruling.

She was fatally shot on the morning of May 20, 2018, by the two police officers while she was in a car with her nephew, Benard Chege.

High Court judge Stella Mutuku on Tuesday ruled that the force used by the officers was not proportional.

She stated that the there was no offence that had been committed and there was no threat from the deceased and the other occupant of the motor vehicle.

According to the law, firearms should be discharged when it can cause injuries to a person.

Mutuku said at the time their vehicle drove, the officers had not identified the occupants and the two did not shoot in the air to deflate the tyres as the deceased was shot on the passenger seat.

“They acted recklessly and shot at the deceased with the aim of killing. There was no shooting from inside the vehicle. By using the firearms to stop the car, they used force and acted contrary to the law”, the Judge ruled. The officers contravened the law that requires them to protect life, she added.

The officers were all armed and they should have acted with caution. I believe there were other means to have the vehicle intercepted.

The intention was not to kill the deceased as the officers were operating on an alarm of terrorism in the area.

“The offence of manslaughter has been proved against the two suspects. I found the two accused persons guilty of manslaughter and not murder”, she said.

At the time of her death, 41 year old Janet was rumoured to be having an affair with 26 year old Bernard Chege.

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    Written by Joshua Wanga

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