Late Joyce Syombua’s mother alleges Major Peter Mugure tried to kill children before

Late Joyce Syombua's mother alleges Major Peter Mugure tried to kill children before
Late Joyce Syombua's mother Elizabeth Maua.

A day before Joyce Syombua and her two children, Shanice and Prince Michael, travelled to Nanyuki, Joyce’s mother Elizabeth Maua had doubts on the safety of the three.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Elizabeth revealed that there had been attempts earlier this year to poison 10-year-old Shanice and 5-year-old Michael a week before DNA tests were conducted to help determine whether Major Peter Mugure, a prime suspect in the murder of the three, was their biological father.

“Kuna wakati walikuwa wanatoka shule. Wakapatana na mama aliyesema alikuwa mwalimu wao huko LakeWood. Akawanunulia maandazi na soda. Akawafungulia. Na huyu mdogo Mike alikuwa very keen,” she said.

“Alisema aliona mama akiweka kwa soda kitu inakaa strungi. Hawakunywa. Kufika kwa nyumba mama yao alikuwa amewaachia funguo. Kuenda kuchange nguo mama mwingine akakunywa hiyo soda. Akafaint. Hata akaishiwa na nguvu hakuwa anaongea. Mtu wa duka aliconfirm aliuzia hao watoto hiyo soda.”

According to Elizabeth, the attempts spurred a poor relationship between the Major and the two children.

“Wakati ingine Peter alipiga. Mike akamuuliza wewe ndiwe ulitaka kutuua. Na ni katoto kadogo hivo,” she added.

And so when Joyce – on Thursday October 24, 2019 – announced that she was planning to visit Major Mugure in Nanyuki along with her two children, questions on whether they would be safe in the company of Joyce’s estranged husband nagged at the back of Elizabeth’s mind.

Joyce’s response was that the Major was the biological father of the two children and that the court had ruled that he was entitled to see them regularly.

Elizabeth half-heartedly saw off the three on their way to Nanyuki the following day.

“Akaniambia Peter amemtumia fare. Nikamwambia anaenda msituni. Awache Peter aje Nairobi. Akaniambia wewe mathe wacha hivo tu. Unajua korti ilisema Peter anapaswa kuona watoto wake?” She recounted.

Little did she know that was the last time she would see them alive.

Elizabeth further stated that she first met the Major during a parents’ day meeting for her daughter at Gilgil Girls Secondary School but does not know much about him.

She added that the two had been in an on and off relationship since, further alleging that Major Mugure has another family in Nanyuki.

Farizana, a close friend to Joyce also revealed that the Major had expressed doubts on whether he was the father of the two children.

“Hata aliambia gateman mwingine kwa government chemist ako 50-50 Shanice ni wake na ako 100% sure Michael si wake,” said Farizana.

The Chief Magistrate Court at Milimani ruled that the Major was indeed the biological father to the two children in July this year after the DNA tests confirmed it.

Major Mugure is the prime suspect in the murder of Joyce and her two children Shanice and Michael.

Their three bodies were recovered by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives on Saturday evening at a gravesite not too far from the Nanyuki airbase where the government buries unclaimed bodies.

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