KBC journalist Betty Mutekhele has been shot dead by suspected thugs Wednesday night, in her residential home in Ngong, Kajiado County.
Reports indicated that Mutekhele was shot by thugs when she encountered three armed robbers who entered the gate with her, ordered the children to lie down and demanded money.
She was on duty on Wednesday and had left the broadcast house in the city centre for her new home hoping to join her husband and three children.
She had recently moved into the house.
According to her family, three men had been waiting for her to arrive.
Two of them were armed with AK47 rifles.
She drove to the gate and the house help rushed to open it.
As she drove in, the three forced their way in, prompting the house help to run into darkness as she screamed saying there were strangers in the compound.
This did not stop them in their mission.
According to the family, the gang followed Mutekhele up to where she parked and ordered her out at gunpoint leading her into the house.
Her husband and children were in the house, terrified following the screams of the househelp and the arrival of the strangers.
Witnesses said one of the gunmen demanded money from Betty and ordered her to take him to the bedroom upstairs.
Two others remained in the sitting room where the other members of the family were.
The gunmen harassed them demanding to be given money and other valuables.
The husband and children begged the gang to spare them and take anything they wanted.
And it was during the argument that they heard two gunshots.
The gunman who had taken Betty to the upper rooms had shot her twice in the head at close range as she also begged to be spared.
One of the bullets went through.
A spent cartridge was recovered from her clothes.
After the shooting, the gang grabbed the journalist’s laptop and mobile phone and left.
Mutekhele colleagues mourned her as a dedicated and talented journalist.
“Rest in peace our video editor Betty, God will answer… best video editor in our newsroom,” KBC radio Taifa presenter Mathias Momanyi stated.
“Last night we lost our colleague, allegedly through murder and it’s devastating.
Rest in peace friend. Everyone at KBC is still in shock,” fellow KBC journalist Bonnie Musambi posted on social media.
The news comes as the body of a veteran journalist and National Land Commission employee was found dumped in Ngong forest three days after she went missing on Wednesday, March 10.
According to a preliminary probe, Jennifer Itumbi was strangled to death and her remains dumped in the forest.
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