Murdered NLC senior official Jennifer Wambua was witness to Land and Sh122M fraud


Jennifer Wambua, deputy communications director at the National Land Commission

Jennifer Wambua, deputy communications director at the National Land Commission was on Monday found dead and dumped in City Mortuary days after she was kidnapped and murdered.

Jennifer Wambua's body was first found in a bush in the Ngong area on Saturday, about 30km from the Nairobi city centre. Police transported it to the City mortuary.

She went missing on Friday morning from her place of work and becomes a puzzle that surrounds how she left Upper Hill, Nairobi.

Police yesterday said they had begun probes to discover if her killing was linked to a case in which she was a witness.

Jennifer had given testimony in a case where Lugari MP Ayub Savula and former Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere have been charged alongside 16 others with scheming to dupe the government of Sh122.3 million.

Itemere was the PS at the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology when the scam was committed.

Also charged was Dennis Chebitwey, who was heading the Government Advertising Agency when the funds were fraudulently paid out to imaginary companies that were listed as having provided services to government departments. 

The suspects were charged in October 2018. 

Jennifer testified last month as a state witness and revealed how the alleged fraud happened. She was scheduled to be cross-examined by the defence on March 1. 

However, she did not show up in court that day after reportedly falling sick. A state counsel said she had been admitted to MP Shah Hospital. The case was adjourned to March 17. 

She was also a witness to Ruaka land saga linking top Government officials. 

Speaking outside City Mortuary yesterday, Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo said Jennifer had last week sustained a car accident after a lorry hit her car head-on in Chumvi area, Machakos.

He said the body had leg and shoulder injuries, suggesting that the abductors first tortured her.

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