DPP orders probe after Citizen TV #MurderForProfit expose


DPP orders probe after Citizen TV #MurderForProfit expose
Matilda Mbesa, sister to the deceased sheds tears during Citizen TV's #MurderForProfit expose. PHOTO| CITIZEN DIGITAL

In Summary

  • It is alleged that the accused, Evans Masaku Kasyoki, is the one who arranged for the life insurance policy in the name of his nephew and then allegedly planned for his killing.
  • After the 27-year-old who had no formal employment died, the accused immediately commenced the insurance claim.
  • Citizen TV also obtained WhatsApp conversations showing the accused demanding that the payment process be expedited.

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, has ordered for immediate legal action into an alleged murder incident exposed by Citizen TV’s #MurderforProfit expose on Sunday evening.

The #MurderforProfit news feature by Citizen TV’s senior investigative reporter Purity Mwambia tells of a horrifying story where a 27-year-old man was allegedly killed by his uncle who wanted to benefit from the deceased’s life insurance policy.

It is alleged that the accused, Evans Masaku Kasyoka, is the one who arranged for the life insurance policy in the name of his nephew and then allegedly planned for his killing. After the 27-year-old who had no formal employment died, the accused immediately commenced the insurance claim.

Following the exposé which was the trending topic (#MurderForProfit) on Sunday night, the DPP issued a statement saying he had directed for immediate action to ensure justice is done.

“The DPP’s attention has been drawn to a news feature appearing on Citizen TV prime time news in regard to the Kangundo incident. Due to the nature of the case, the DPP has directed that immediate legal steps be taken to ensure justice is done,” tweeted the DPP.

“The DPP further wishes to inform the public that obstruction of due process is serious criminal offence and any person who will be found culpable shall face full force of the law.”

Citizen TV obtained details showing that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at Kangundo Police Station had issued a warrant of arrest against the accused on August 22, 2017.

The warrant indicated that the accused was involved in the murder of his nephew, 27-year-old Eric Makau Musyoka, who had a life insurance cover of Ksh.9 million — one worth Ksh. 1 million with Jubilee Insurance and the other worth Ksh.8 million with AIG insurance.

The deceased was found dead just meters outside their home with a postmortem report indicating that the cause of death was as severe head injury from a blunt object.

While the suspect insists he was nowhere near the deceased on the day he died, official call data records indicate both Evans and the deceased were in the same location – Mbilini Hub — all afternoon through to 10 pm on the fateful day.

To claim the life insurance benefits, the suspect presented a death certificate of the deceased to both Jubilee and AIG insurance whose policy he had taken just 3 days before Eric’s death.

The death certificate he presented to the insurance firms bore a different serial number to the one the family of the deceased had, indicating the accused fraudulently obtained the document.

We also obtained WhatsApp conversations showing the accused demanding that the payment process be expedited.

“I am still waiting to be contacted… You have decided to ignore me but sort my claim. Its now one year, conclude this matter, I will never give up on it Do you care? I will never give up, i will fight till the end,” reads a series of messages.

The insurers became suspicious when Evans claimed that he was relocating to Australia, hence, the payment process should be hastened.

During Citizen TV’s investigative process, Evans was arrested and taken to Kangudo Police Station but two days later the family learnt that he had been released from custody.

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