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How Ben Gethi Led JM Kariuki to his Murderers

How Kenyatta Doctored The Murder Report
June 3, 1975, was a day of great expectation – and suffocating tension. The committee investigating JM’s murder had completed its work and a report was due to be tabled in Parliament. Mr. Elijah Mwangale, the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee, was in conference with his 13 members in Room 7 on the first floor of Parliament Buildings. They were going over the details of the 38-page report when word came through the Clerk’s office that the committee was required at State House, Nairobi.

Three copies of the report had been done. Mr. Mwangale took one with him. The other two were each put in the “custody” of former Butere MP Martin Shikuku and former Wajir East MP, the late Diriye Amin. Their instructions were simple: They were not to leave the precincts of Parliament until the afternoon session of the House was over. Meanwhile, Mr. Mwangale left for State House with a few members of his committee. They included former Starehe MP Charles Rubia and former Lurambi North MP Burudi Nabwera. The two MPs with the other copies were “policed” by other MPs. All the windows of Room 7 were locked inside and the keys taken from the sergeant-at-arms and kept in the custody of the two MPs. Were all these precautions necessary?

Suspicions were high. Attempts to sabotage efforts to table the report could not be ruled out. Every so often the custodian MPs took turns to visit Room 7 to confirm the copies were still intact. The tension was aggravated at 2.30 p.m. when the afternoon session of the House started without any word on when the Mwangale team would return. Meanwhile, at State House, Mr. Mwangale and his team were facing Mzee Kenyatta and had been asked one question: Why were the names of Cabinet Minister Mbiyu Koinange and that of the president’s bodyguard, Senior Supt of Police Arthur Wanyoike wa Thungu, in the report?

Rubia: “Kama ni hivyo Mzee, tunaweza kuondoa hayo majina alafu tuipeleke bunge” (“If that is the case Mzee we can delete the two names and thereafter we table it in Parliament”).

Kenyatta: “Kama ni hivyo sawa sawa”! (“If that is the case it is alright”).

Mzee Kenyatta gave Mr Mwangale a green pen. He made him delete the two names and sign against each deletion.

Back in Parliament, Mr. Shikuku and Mr. Diriye entered the Chamber with their copies clutched under their arms. Without warning Mr. Mwangale and his team entered the Chamber, eliciting sighs of relief, foot-thumping and loud cheers. Mr. Mwangale tabled the report minus the two names.

So, why did they have to kill JM Kariuki? Go to next page to read how JM fell out with Kiambu mafia and why they had to kill him

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10 Comments on How Ben Gethi Led JM Kariuki to his Murderers

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    Imeet Hon.J.M kariuki as astudent leader in ateahers college in 1973 he was charismatic n very focused friendly person down to earth an dlikeable I had no idea two years latter he was to die last year I visited the spot where they murdered him it is wasting away any family members kindly do something for the memorial site many of the names mentioned are long dead save for my friend Hon,Mark Mwithaga

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    For JM Kariuki’s bravery in colonial detention read “Britain’s Gulag” by Caroline Elkins.

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    Kenya leadership rotten to the core. And to think we have these murderous snakes’ offspring sitting in top leadership today, no wonder were facing the plight we do as a country. From terrorism, to corruption, land grabbing, mega scandals you name them.

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    Amazing revelation,good history.

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    Amazing…Well written and equally well researched.

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    It’s high time we rewrite our history

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      Sure. I think its good that the true facts of our history be preserved for future generations to read so they don’t make the same mistakes.

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    Good piece of story i have learned a lot about kenyan young age and the plight of leaders like JM who wanted to walk the talk in leadership

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