‘Tumetumbua’ thug who killed KBC journalist at her Ngong home said on phone

Betty Barasa
Betty Barasa, a KBC journalist who was killed at her Ololua home in Ngong. [Photo: Courtesy]

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) is mourning the sudden death of one of its senior editors Betty Barasa who was shot dead by gunmen at her Ololua home in Ngong.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening as she returned home from work.

Betty was at her gate when three gunmen pounced on her and held her hostage before demanding ransom.

They had AK47 rifles. They entered her house and headed straight to the living room where two of the gunmen kept watch of the other family members while the third one accompanied Betty upstairs.

Moments later, gunshots were heard upstairs before the gunman who had accompanied Betty emerged alone and quickly confiscated her laptop and phone.

They left in a rush. Betty was shot twice in the head at close range

Sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) were dispatched to the scene.

A DCI detective probing the case says one of the witnesses who was hiding in the house overheard the thug that shot Betty in her bedroom saying that they have shot her.

“Sisi tumetumbua,” he said in sheng meaning “we have killed her”.

Betty’s house help had gone to open the gate when the thugs who hid in a nearby house under construction appeared. She ran away together with one of Betty’s child and the thugs looked for her for five minutes but gave up.

Police now say that the thugs were under instruction from an unknown person who they communicated with on phone.