UK gov't vows to support murder probe of Kenyan woman by a British soldier
The British government has pledged to fully cooperate with the investigation into the murder of Agnes Wanjiru, a Kenyan woman who was allegedly stabbed to death by a British soldier in 2012.
In a statement released on Sunday, UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Mariott expressed her outrage and concern over Wanjiru's tragic death.
Her statement comes after the Sunday Times published an investigation on alleged Kenyan and UK authorities cover-up on the murder.
According to Mariott, the UK's Special Investigation Branch carried out probe after the incident and provided information about British personell to the Kenyan police.
“In 2012, the UK’s Special Investigation Branch carried out initial enquiries in Kenya, including providing information about British personnel to Kenyan police," her statement reads in part.
“Following the conclusion of a Kenyan inquest in 2019, we understand that the Kenyan authorities are looking into the murder. We will support that Kenyan police investigation"
According to the investigation, Wanjiru was stabbed to death and her body was dumped in a septic tank after a night of revelry with a British soldier.
She also suffered a blunt force injury to her chest, with her lungs collapsing, indicating that her death was not accidental.
At the time, the mother of one was trying to support her baby while living with her sister in a single room in the Majengo ghetto.
She was 21, and left behind, a five-month-old baby, and a distraught family.
Her body was discovered at the Lions Court Hotel in Nanyuki two months after her death, by a maintenance worker who reported a foul smell.
Wanjiru's family claims Kenyan and British authorities staged a cover-up to maintain diplomatic relations over the nearby Nanyuki army base, where the UK sends six infantry battalions for eight-week exercises every year, according to an investigation by the Sunday Times.
Meanwhile, UK's Mariott has stated that, despite the UK military's contributions to the Nanyuki economy and community, any issues that arise will be addressed.
“The conduct of the UK military here is incredibly important to us. They do a lot of good in Nanyuki, for the economy and the community. But where there are issues, we have and will address them.,"
“Senior military visitors from the UK come to Kenya regularly - including in the coming weeks - and will be discussing Ms Wanjiru’s murder and UK support to the Kenyan investigation.”
Five soldiers, according to the investigations, gave the same name of the officer- now murder suspect- saying that on the fateful night, he showed them the body of the woman which was stashed in a tank.
According to a soldier of the Duke of Lancaster regiment, the murder suspect showed him the body of the late Wanjiru after a night of drunken debauchery.
'He took me to the tank and lifted it up, and I looked in and I just remember seeing her in there. My heart sank. My mind just went blank. The only thing I could say to him was: 'I'll never forgive you for this.''