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25-year-old suspect in murder of Naivasha supermarket boss arrested

25-year-old robbery with violence suspect Joseph Mungai Wainaina arrested in Naivasha. PHOTO/DCI/Facebook.
25-year-old robbery with violence suspect Joseph Mungai Wainaina arrested in Naivasha. PHOTO/DCI/Facebook.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested a 25-year-old suspect in the murder of Chandarana Supermarket manager.

The manager of the supermarket that operates from Buffalo Mall in Naivasha, Nakuru County was murdered on May 22, 2024.

DCI in a statement on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, said the robbery with violence suspect identified as Joseph Mungai Wainaina was arrested from his hideout within Naivasha town today (Wednesday, June 5, 2024) at about 1 pm.

“A 25-year-old Robbery with Violence suspect believed to have murdered the manager of Chandarama Supermarket located within Buffalo Mall in Naivasha on May 22, 2024 has been arrested. Joseph Mungai Wanjira was flushed out of his hideout within Naivasha town at 1pm today, following days of scrupulous search for the cold-blooded killer,” the DCI said in the statement.
The detectives say the late Hassan Abdullatif Salim was killed at his house in Naivasha.
The workers of the supermarket had raised concerns when the 38-year-old manager failed to turn up to open the shop, only for his phone to go unanswered.
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Joseph Mungai Wainaina, the 25-year-old suspect in the murder of Chandarana supermarket, Buffalo mall branch manager. PHOTO/DCI/Facebook.
According to the police, a few supervisors were prompted to visit the manager’s house only for them to find his body lying in a pool of blood inside his house.
“In the May 22 incident, workers at the supermarket had arrived at the Mall early that morning, hoping to find the doors open as was norm. After waiting up long enough, they decided to call the manager on duty (the late Mr Hassan Abdullatif Salim) to find out why he was taking too long to report to work.
“His phone went unanswered, prompting a few supervisors to check him out at his house. Shock struck when they were met with blood spots at the door, although the house was locked. Police in Naivasha were informed. They rushed to the scene, and upon forcing entry, found the body of the 38-year-old manager sprawled on the floor in a pool of blood, cold,” the DCI said.
The DCI sleuths say there were signs of struggle depicting an attack, with various household items notably missing.
Pursuit for the perpetrators of the act kicked off with the aid of crucial evidence including the retrieval of CCTV footages.
Joseph Mungai was arrested following an intelligence analysis.
DCI say the arrested suspect was found in possession of most of the items stolen from the deceased’s house including a TV set, a 6kg Pro Gas, a Samsung tablet, a hoodie branded NASA and a blood-stained bag.
“Today, intelligence analysis gave away the prime suspect, in whose possession were found most of the items stolen from the deceased’s house including a TV set, a 6kg Pro Gas, a Samsung tablet, a hoodie branded NASA and a blood-stained bag,” the DCI statement reads.
Upon interrogation, the suspect led detectives to the scene of crime (deceased’s house), where they retrieved the two murder weapons he had used (kitchen knife and a piece of wood).

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