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Widow disowns man accused of planning her husband’s murder

Embattled widow has admitted to ties with a fugitive accused of putting together the murder squad that executed her husband prior to the incident.

Kiru High School principal Solomon Mwangi was murdered in November.

Ms Jane Muthoni said she knew Mr Nelson Njiru, who is on the run, as a supplier to Icaciri Girls Secondary School in Gatundu South, where she is the principal.

She however denied having known two other accused persons, one of whom is serving a jail term at an undisclosed prison following his confession to the brutal killing of the teacher after being paid by the woman.

LINKED TO MURDER

In a sworn affidavit, which she intends to rely on to back her bail application, Ms Muthoni has denied having ties with jailed Joseph Kariuki alias Karis, whose confession directly linked her and her co-accused Isaac Ng’ang’a alias Gikuyu to the murder.

Convict-turned-State witness Kariuki told Kiambu High Court judge, Professor Joel Ngugi, that he was contacted by his long-time friend Damaris, who connected him with Mr Nelson Njiru, whom he had known for a while.

He said Mr Njiru then brought in Mr Ng’ang’a, his childhood friend, and later linked them up with Ms Muthoni.

He said the principal offered them Sh400,000 to kill Mr Mwangi, whom she accused of cheating, although they were only paid Sh100,000.

DENIED HIRING KILLERS

But in the affidavit presented in court on Tuesday by her lawyer Francis Njanja in which she denied hiring killers, Ms Muthoni said she only knew Mr Njiru because he was a “friend” to her school, where he did computer supplies and repair.

The widow has been in custody since December.

She said Mr Njiru would at any time assist the school in sourcing for transport, and would also get transport for her when her car had a problem.

“I have never been involved with the said Nelson Njiru, as alleged in this matter by the prosecution, in any scheme to kill my husband and I cannot do that,” Ms Muthoni said in the three-page affidavit.

She denied any connection “whatsoever” with Kariuki, who is serving a seven-year jail term, as well as Mr Ng’ang’a with whom she shares the dock.

She said Kariuki’s confession, which placed her at the scene of the murder, were well-choreographed pieces of allegations put together to make a murder case against her to cover up for the real killers.

The case will be heard on June 26.