All those accountable for the death of Meru blogger Daniel Muthiani Benard, popularly known as Sniper, will face justice, according to Interior CS Kithure Kindiki.
Kindiki said in a statement on Friday that investigators looking into the case are wrapping up the task of identifying every person connected to his murder.
“Those responsible for organizing, financing and executing the cruel murder of Daniel Muthiani, alias Sniper, have a date with justice.
“Detectives are concluding the process of identifying the evil perpetrators, including those who lured the young man to his death and those who tortured, murdered and dumped his body in an attempt to conceal the terrible crime,” Kindiki said on X.
Before his body was found on December 16, Sniper vanished on December 2.
Sniper died of strangulation, according to an autopsy performed on Friday at the Marimanti Level 4 Hospital Mortuary by government pathologist Johansen Oduor.
In addition, he had injuries on his head and broken ribs, which suggested that he had been strangled before being thrown into a river.
A number of Kenyans, including prominent state officials and institutions, have denounced Sniper’s murder and demanded the arrest of those they believe to be responsible for Sniper’s demise.
The freedom of expression and the right to seek, receive, and disseminate information are guaranteed by the Kenyan constitution, according to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya.
Public Sector CS Moses Kuria added that it was important not to take the disappearance of political and human rights activist Snipper, who was based in Meru, for granted.
“Verily, verily I say unto the one responsible- You will not get away with this. I will pursue this matter to the bitter end Meru blogger dead Snipper,” he said on X.
The CS claimed that the murder of Snipper is in line with the continued profiling and stigmatization of Mt Kenya youths, branding them as members of outlawed gangs.
“When the threshold of what is legit Humanitarian standards fall this low, the outcome is what you see,” Kuria added.