Njaro Wairatu, the father of the late benga singer Edward Irungu Wanjaro alias Wanjaro Junior, has dismissed claims that his son committed suicide.
He says that as soon as reports of his son’s alleged message to commit suicide hit the headlines, unknown people called him offering him money for his silence.
He told the Nation that he got a call from an anonymous number and was offered money in exchange for his silence.
According to reports, the singer left his Kasarani home on July 14 and sent a text message to his family telling them to look for him at Sagana River.
He decried being stressed out over a Ksh700,000 debt.
“When I go missing, don’t waste a lot of time looking for me. My body will be in Sagana River,” his message read.
However, his father says his son was not in any debt and was of sound mind. On the day he went missing, Wairatu says his late son called him at 4:30 pm sounding scared.
“He told me a certain businessman was stressing him over a deal they had signed in Nairobi. He said the trader was demanding money from him over the botched deal,” Wairatu stated.
A day after the message went viral, his body was found floating at Masinga Dam while his car was found abandoned at River Tana.
Wairatu’s all four kids are now dead. Some years back, his son celebrated maths teacher and benga star Mwalimu George Wanjaro died after a short illness.
He now says that his son’s death should be not be treated as a suicide.
Contrary to police reports indicating there were no injuries on Irungu’s body, Wairatu states that he had visible injuries on the head and on the upper lip.