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Revealed: How the Magu family tragedy unfolded

Nairobi News has  pieced together a blow by blow account of how lawyer Paul Magu, his wife Lydia Wangui and their three children met their horrific deaths.

It is a tragic story that is laced with allegations of cult worship and which has seen one of Africa’s leading evangelists, Nigerian preacher T.B Joshua, deny links to the bizarre deaths.

The living room in the family home of Lydia Wangui and Paul Magu in Muthaiga Pipeline, Nairobi. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI
The living room in the family home of Lydia Wangui and Paul Magu in Muthaiga Pipeline, Nairobi. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI

The Magu family lived in a five-bedroom home in Muthaiga and were running a successful real estate agency until Mr Paul Magu suddenly closed it down in August last year.

Here is how they met their deaths.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Early morning the Magu family takes breakfast together served by their House help Njoki.

Njoki is sent by Mr Magu to buy soda at a kiosk within their Kenya Pipeline gated community.

She returns and after a while is sent to buy flour in town by Mr Magu. When she returns later in the afternoon and asks the whereabouts of Mrs Magu, she is told she left with friend to go for prayers.

Mr Magu requests a neighbor to give him his ID number so that he can register him as the children’s custodian but the neighbour declines.

Late evening Mrs Magu fails to come back and even on Monday she is nowhere to be seen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The couple’s children from left, Allen, Ryan and Tiffany. The family died under mysterious circumstances.
The couple’s children from left, Allen, Ryan and Tiffany. The family died under mysterious circumstances.

Mr Magu asks Njoki to prepare the three children as he wanted to go out with them; Mr Magu later leaves with the children.

The body of Mr Magu’s wife, Lydia Wangui is identified after being picked by Kiambu police near Paradise Lost.

In the afternoon, Mr Magu comes back to the house without the children and tells Njoki he wanted to pick something.

In the evening, he spends the night at his father’s house in Thika without the children.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mr Magu is hit by a bus at Garissa highway near Ngoliba, the driver describes it as suicide and his car if found packed on the roadside with the engine still running.

His body is taken to the morgue and booked as an unidentified male.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

His brother Andrew Muhiu goes to Thika police station to report his missing brother but finds his car parked outside, on inquiring he is told his brother’s body is at Thika mortuary.

Three jackets belonging to his children are recovered in Mr Magu’s car.

Friday, November 28, 2014

The family appeals on social media platforms for those with information on the missing children to contact them.

Investigator’s visit the couple’s house in Kenya Pipeline estate and find blood on the couple’s bed, ashes in the prayer room where Magu prayed with Pastor Anne and a suicide note supposedly written by Magu on how he cannot live in ridicule.

Saturday November 29 and Sunday November 30, 2014

Appeals for anyone with information about the missing children to contact the police or family intensify on mainstream media.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Investigators go through the call records for the couple.

The body of the last born child Tiffany Muthoni, 5, is found in a thicket near Tatu city badly decomposed with acid burns and a deep cut at the back of the head.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sammy Onyango (left) and Emily Warutere carry decomposed bodies of Rayan and Allen Magu near Tatu City in Kiambu on December 3, 2014.
Sammy Onyango (left) and Emily Warutere carry decomposed bodies of Rayan and Allen Magu near Tatu City in Kiambu on December 3, 2014.

Search for the missing boys intensifies around the same area.

Pastor Anne, who had been in communication with Mr Magu before and after the death of his wife, is arrested to help with investigation.

Nigerian Pastor T.B Joshua, who is also linked with the Magu tragedy, disassociates himself with the death through an official statement.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The two missing Magu boys, Allen and Ryan are found dead near the spot where their sister’s body had been earlier found bringing the search to an end.