It is emerging that a Nyeri tycoon may have paid up to Sh. 160,000 to have his son murdered in order to benefit from insurance compensation. Detectives in Nyeri, investigating the murder of Daniel Mwangi Wang’ondu, now believe his death may have been motivated by desire for insurance compensation.
Wangondu was found murdered on January 1, this year. So puzzling was the motive behind his murder, that nothing had been stolen from him or his house, not even his Volkswagen Golf car beside which he lay lifeless. According to the police, Wangondu’s father had ordered the kill following a domestic conflict with his son. The father is said to be a wealthy businessman who owns several petrol stations in Nyeri.
The father, Stephen Wang’ondu Kinini, who is currently being detained by police in Nyeri, is said to have started processing compensation claims from an insurance company a few days after the burial of his son. He is said to have started the compensation process on January 18, 2021, barely 12 days after his son’s burial.
“The current investigation has also triggered police interest in the death of the Nyeri tycoon’s other son in 1995, after which he was allegedly paid a good amount of money by an insurance firm. Eighteen-year-old Emmanuel Thuita Wang’ondu, then a Form Three student at Kiaganja Secondary School in Nyeri County, is said to have drowned in one of the dams in Wang’ondu’s expansive farm. A few days after Thuita’s death, Wang’ondu is said to have lodged a compensation claim with an insurance company with which he had insured members of his family and property,” a report that appeared on K24 said.
A related report in the Nation said that the father who “owns more than 100 acres of land, commercial buildings, petrol stations and a quarry, was struggling to keep his businesses afloat over the past year. two of his prime properties in Mweiga town were to be auctioned in May 2020.”