Man behind Jimmy Wanjigi death announcement exposed


Man behind Jimmy Wanjigi death announcement exposed
The photo of the man who allegedly placed the death announcement of prominent city businessman Jimmy Wanjigi on the Daily Nation of February 7, 2018. PHOTO| NMG

In Summary

  • According to CCTV footage, the middle aged man went to pay for the obituary of Mr. Wanjigi at around 5 pm on Tuesday, February 6.
  • The Nation reports that the man booked the orbituary under a single name; Jared.
  • A screen grab of the surveillance footage, shows him walking out of the ad-centre at 5.02 pm.

The Nation Media Group has published a photo of the man who allegedly placed the cheeky death announcement of prominent city businessman Jimmy Wanjigi on the Daily Nation of February 7, 2018.

According to CCTV footage, the middle aged man was at Nation Centre to pay for the obituary of Mr. Wanjigi at around 5 pm on Tuesday, February 6.

The Nation reports that the man booked the death announcement under a single name; Jared.

“The suspect is believed to be in his mid-thirties, of brown complexion, plump, about 5 foot 10, with a full beard and short hair,” the Nation describes him.

A screen grab of the surveillance footage, shows he walked out of the ad-centre at 5.05 pm.

NMG has since issued a statement apologising for the erroneous publication and reported the matter at Central Police Station for further investigations.

“We refer to the publication of a death and funeral announcement of James Richard Wanjagi bearing the picture of Mr. Jimi Wanjigi that was erroneously published in the Daily Nation of February 7, 2018,” said NMG in an official statement.

“We regret the pain and anguish this may have caused Mr. Wanjigi and his family and sincerely apologise for this.”

Despite the mix-up in the names ‘Wanjigi’ and ‘Wanjagi,’ the ‘obituary’ included eerily exact details pertaining to the prominent businessman’s life, including the names of his father, James Maina, and his wife Irene, as well as the school his children attend, the prestigious Institut LeRosey in Switzerland, and his company Kwacha Group which the paper referred to as Kwacha Industries.

 

The obituaryof Wanjigi as published by The Daily Nation on Wednesday.

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