Police investigate link between Rita Waeni murders and Asian shopkeeper

Police investigate link between Rita Waeni murders and Asian shopkeeper

On May 11, Somesh Ramesh, director of a landscaping company in Nairobi, left the family home on Brookside Drive in Westlands.

It was around 11:30 p.m. when the black Lexus with a single occupant accelerated in the direction of Gachie through Spring Valley.

A sister of Ramesh, who lived in the same house, did not find it strange that the brother went out at night.

Ramesh, 54, director of Brandables Kenya Limited, sometimes went out by car at night to enjoy his own company, even after giving up drinking.

Before leaving the house, Ramesh had received a call on his mobile phone and had told him that he (Ramesh) would meet him that same evening.

This is the last time the businessman was seen alive.

The next morning, Ramesh’s body was found lying on the roadside between Gachie and Ruaka. He was stabbed three times in the chest and thighs.

His vehicle and personal belongings, including mobile phones, disappeared.

Ramesh’s family did not know anyone who wanted to harm him nor did they know the reason for his murder.

On May 12, detectives from the Nairobi Area Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Bureau were called in to assist with investigations.

Investigators spent hours questioning workers at Ramesh’s house and also dusting Ramesh’s vehicle which was found abandoned in Gachie, about 16 kilometers from the city centre.

And when the fingerprint powder did not give the desired results, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) carried out a forensic investigation of Ramesh’s mobile phone.

The police summoned two people who spoke by phone with the businessman for the last time before his death.

However, neither of them could provide any clues about the businessman’s murder.

One of the men questioned by the police said he was at his Athi-river home on the fateful day. The other showed that on the night Ramesh disappeared, he was far from where his body had been discovered.

After hours of interrogation and forensic examination of the duo’s mobile phones, they were allowed to leave.

Still determined to solve the murder mystery, investigators on Monday received what appears to be the most credible lead.

Mobile phone service providers told investigators that two mobile phones stolen from the businessman had been switched off at Murugu Groove in Ruaka on the same night he was murdered.

Interestingly, the same building in Ruaka, where Ramesh’s phone signal was last traced, is the same place where a phone belonging to university student Rita Waeni, murdered on January 14, was also last traced.

This latest development has renewed DCI investigators’ hope of solving both Waeni’s murder and the latter.

Waeni, a university student who went missing from her aunt’s house in Syokimau, was found murdered inside a hotel room in Roysambu in January.

Police recovered parts of Waeni’s dismembered body in the hotel room. His head was recovered from a dam in Kiambu.

An investigator familiar with the latest incident told The Nation that Waeni’s killers could also be responsible for the trader’s murder.

Nairobi Police Chief Adamson Bungei told The Nation by telephone yesterday that investigations to find the businessman’s killers are in full swing.

“It won’t be long before we resolve this,” Bungei said.

The dismembered remains of Waeni, 20, were discovered in garbage bags in a rental apartment. Her phone and other personal items of hers were also gone.

Some suspects, including foreigners, initially detained after the murder were later released.

Last month, the DCI released CCTV footage of a man said to be the main suspect in the university student’s murder and appealed for public help in locating him.