80-year-old granny shot dead in Murang’a alongside her fellow kidnappers

An 80-year-old grandma was shot dead by police in Muranga for her involvement in a kidnapping ring that was terrorizing people from Mt Kenya and Nairobi.

The granny, in her sunset days, was identified as Wambui Muturi and hard as it is to believe, she is a devoted Catholic, which leaves us wondering why she would practice what the bible is against.

According to the Daily Nation, during the day the nanny is a ‘normal’ woman going on with her business but when the night looms she turns into a criminal.

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Well her lies and deceit came to an end after she was gunned down alongside her accomplices in Gatundu village, Murang’a County, on Friday. During the shoot out a woman they had kidnapped was rescued.


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Ms Muturi, Mr John Mwangi and Mr Samuel Kang’ethe (the elderly woman’s nephew)were demanding Sh5 million as ransom from their victim’s family. Ms Margaret Waithera had been held for six days when police stormed the compound and killed the three.

Waithera opened up on the horrifying ordeal adding that the granny was the one who was cooking for her, even going to an extent of threatening to have her circumcised

An interview with neighbours and administrators reveals an old woman with  a complicated personality.

According to Gatundu chief John Wachira, two of the woman’s sons died at the hands of lynch mobs while another was shot dead by police officers in Nairobi.

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Another died after a short illness, leaving behind two daughters. Ms Muturi’s husband died years ago. Mr Wachira said the killing of her sons changed the granny completely.

Upon the death of the sons, the granny became reclusive and did everything in secret to an extent that people started thinking she is a witch. A neighbour added that the granny never got along with Gatundu villagers.

Ms Waithera said the old woman would prepare dry rice or boiled maize and tea for breakfas.

Murang’a County police boss Mohammed Farah said signals from the kidnappers’ mobile phones helped track them.

Mrs Muturi’s daughter, Margaret Wanjiru, said she did not know her mother was a criminal.

“I call on well-wishers to assist the family bury her. Despite the circumstances, she was still a mother and needs a proper send off,” she said.

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