Why ‘police officer’ was sprayed with 100 bullets
4 months ago, 22 July 12:08
When his car was sprayed with bullets on Thika superhighway in Nairobi last month, Kenyans wondered who wanted Wilson Mwangi Munene dead so badly.
While those who knew him all along thought Munene was a double agent, police clarified he was one of the most wanted criminals, a gang lord who impersonated cops before his cover was blown.
Munene, police told The Nairobian, was the godfather of city carjackers and operated from a rented apartment within Kasarani estate in Nairobi.
The 33-year-old ran an organized crime syndicated while leading a double life, which eventually caught up with him in a well-planned execution that bore hallmarks of either police or gangsters out on a revenge mission, following a drive-by shooting along the busy Thika superhighway.
The Mercedes belonging to Munene, the father of a two-year-old, was sprayed with close to 100 bullets as he drove to Nairobi. He was ambushed near Vincentian Retreat Prayer Centre, which is a short distance from Thika Town.
Munene was reportedly waylaid by three men in hoodies, and who were driving a black vehicle. His Mercedes was side to have veered off the road under a hail of bullets, whose impact nearly yanked off the passenger seat. The number of bullets was a clear indication Munene was not meant to survive.
Nothing was stolen from his car, but his ID and ATM cards were missing in the wallet.
Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kintotiu told The Nairobian that Munene, a gang leader, was eliminated by fellow criminals who felt betrayed by his modus operandi.
According to Kinoti, Munene’s goose was cooked when criminals discovered he was a fake cop.
The DCI boss says his other life was exposed after it was established that he was involved in the theft of a car within Nairobi’s Kasarani area.
“His partners in crime were shocked to learn that the man they knew as a cop was actually a thief,” claims Kinoti, adding that preliminary investigations indicate that Munene’s death was a revenge mission by criminals.
The DCI boss says that Munene’s gang killed criminals who refuse to give him money. “He would then lie to other criminals that the victims were gunned down by police,” says Kinoti.
There have been claims that Munene, who loved shooting pool in pubs along Thika superhighway, closely worked with police officers in Kasarani and undercover officers at Nairobi area. This earned him the nickname, ‘Mwangi CID’. Others thought Munene was a businessman, while some quarters described him as a private detective.
Police officers who arrived at the scene of his murder called his relatives after retrieving her number from his phone. It’s however not clear how police accessed the password that protected his phone.
Moments after his death, images on his phone showing him clad in police uniform while holding a gun were deleted, The Nairobian was reliably told.
Those who knew him painted a picture of a man who felt he was living on borrowed time. But it was not immediately established whether the images were erased by the killers or police officers who ...
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