‘Naftali bought an axe and knife and had it sharpened’ Sources reveal

New information has emerged on what transpired on and before the gruesome murder of Ivy Wangechi, a sixth year student at Moi University.

Retrieved phone conversations between Wangechi and Kinuthia show that the two had been in communication all along until she blocked him.

1. Kinuthia met Ivy and her friend after travelling to Eldoret to visit his sweetheart.

2. He took the friends number and started engaging her to gather intelligence.

3. He then traveled to Thika and it is then that Wangechi on  10th April asked Naftali for 14,000 so that she could plan for her birthday.

4. On Sunday, she again asked for 10K which she promptly received from Naftali.

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5. On Monday Ivy asked for a further 10K. Kinuthia informed her to be patient since he was to travel to Eldoret where he would honor her request.

6. On his was to Eldoret he kept in contact with Ivy’s friend as a way of collecting intelligence on where Ivy was and what she was up to.

They met briefly over a cup of coffee and agreed to meet later as Ivy was to do rounds. He gave her an unknown amount of money.

Ivy switched her phone off after that, provoking Naftali. He went and bought an axe and a knife and had it sharpened.

All these while he kept in contact with Ivy’s friend who did not know that her friend was about to be killed.

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Slain student Ivy Wangechi’s body moved to Eldoret for burial

The body of butchered Moi University medical student Ivy Wangechi has
been transferred from Eldoret to Kiambu ahead of the burial.

Before it left Eldoret, the body was taken to the nearby medical
anatomy laboratory department for short prayers, viewing by colleagues
and friends and a small prayer service.

Ivy Wangechi’s friend writes emotional letter: ‘Your friends love you’

Her parents Mr and Mrs Kingori were not present as they had remained
in Nairobi to receive the body. It will be taken to Kenyatta Funeral
Home in Kiambu county.

Naftali Njahi Kinuthia, the man who killed Wangechi using an axe and a
knife, was still being held at the hospital yesterday for treatment as
police wait to charge him in court.

Ivy Wangechi’s friend writes emotional letter: ‘Your friends love you’

Kenyan writer and violinist Muthonib has penned a touching letter to the late Ivy Wangeci.

Ivy, a sixth-year medical student at Moi University was hacked to death by Naftali Kinuthia on the eve of her 25 birthday.

Muthonib’s letter read;

Dearest Ivy Wangeci,

I’m so sorry for the systems and failures in our society that allowed this man to exist, the man who hacked your life away. I’m sorry for all the gossip sites and news outlets calling him your lover, elevating him to a status undeserving of a queen like you.

I’m sorry for all the slander, for all the ways people have dragged your name in the dirt. As if there’s a scale somewhere, of acceptable reasons to kill a woman. To kill anyone. And so they come up with all sorts of stories, to justify the crime. How vile and twisted is this country? Where is the compassion? Where is the empathy?

I cannot even imagine what your family and friends are going through right now. To, first, receive this shocking news followed by the ugly stories.

I want to know about you, your hopes and dreams. I want your story and everything you stood for/hoped for/ dreamed to be what lives on. I wouldn’t want your name to only be associated with this murderer.
Your friends love you, Ivy. They’ve told us who you were and it breaks my heart further that you won’t be here to build the world you dreamed of. The one you have worked so hard to be a part of and contribute to.
May your memory always be love.
May your memory also be justice.

Her letter has touched many and below are touching comments from Kenyans on Ivy Wangeci’s death:

Suzanna Owiyo For heaven sake, life has been lost and you are busy talking about kufunga nunu. Kichwa maji wewe. Let us not be reckless on such matters. I can only imagine what the family is going through now. #RIPIVY

Bervelyn Kats So heartbreaking 💔💔💔

Hon Esther Passaris My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Ivy Wangechi. There’s absolutely nothing Ivy did or didn’t do to deserve the inhumane violence meted on her. I pray justice prevails. Over to you @DCI_Kenya #RIPIvy #EndFemicide #SayHerNameKe

Ivy Wangechi’s neighbors planned a homecoming surprise for slain student

 Friends say Nafatali Kinuthia (the killer) had stalked her for a year after failed attempts to date her.

Residents of Makongeni Phase 10 Estate in Thika town are mourning Ivy Wangechi, a quiet, respectful and disciplined neighbour who was brutally murdered on Tuesday.

They are yet to come to terms with the death of the final year student at the School Health Sciences at Moi University, Eldoret.

Ivy Wangeci's home in Makongeni Phase 10 Estate, Thika town

‘WE HAD PLANNED TO RECEIVE HER’: Ivy Wangeci’s home in Makongeni Phase 10 Estate, Thika town 
Image: John Kamau

They were eagerly waiting for Wangechi’s graduation in December. “We had planned how we’d receive her during the ceremony and even had a surprise for her. We are now in pain that her life has been cut short,” a resident who sought anonymity said.

She has known Wangechi for many years. They worshipped together at the Presbyterian Church of East Africa church in Makongeni. “Whenever she was at home she never missed Sunday service. She was a very good friend of mine.”

A kiosk operator near Wangechi’s home sobbed uncontrollably as she recalled the moments she had with the young girl. To her, Wangeci was “a blissful and respectful neighbour and customer”.

“We are saddened by the incident that was perpetrated by a man who couldn’t accept a No for an answer. Ivy was a promising young lady full of life and we expected a lot from her as a community,” she said.

The neighbour said the Phase 10 Estate community had been boasting that they would soon have a qualified doctor whom they would always consult.

Estate chairman Justus Muthiani said Wangechi has been relating well with other residents and that she had never been in an altercation with anyone.

Muthiani termed as false and “junk the information that is being peddled and circulated in social media platforms regarding Wangechi”.

He said it’s untrue she was in a relationship with the killer identified as Naftali Kinuthia. “People should desist from smearing the name of our beloved girl on social media. She was a disciplined lady and all the allegations levelled against her are false.”

The chairman denied that Kinuthia lived in the same area as his victim. He is not known in the estate, he said, adding, “We’ve only heard reports indicating that he hailed from Thika. We don’t know him and have never seen him here.”

The chairman called on the youth to engage their parents or community elders in settling their differences.

One of the residents claimed that Kinuthia was in the estate two weeks ago. “When I saw his photos online I remembered I saw him prowling here like two weeks ago. I believe he is the one,” she said.

According to Wangechi’s friends, Kinuthia had made persistent moves to win her love. “He has been stalking her for one year” until Tuesday when he waylaid her at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret and struck her with an axe, killing her on the spot.

John Kamau