Agnes Wanjiru’s body was discovered in a sewage tank at a guesthouse in central Kenya in June 2012, three months after she vanished. Witnesses last saw the 21-year-old single mother coming out of a hotel bar in the garrison town of Nanyuki, Kenya, with two British soldiers on March 31, 2012. Wanjiru had dropped out of high school and worked as a hairstylist before turning to sex work to support her child.
According to witnesses, she had joined the British soldiers at the Lion’s Court hotel’s bar in the hopes of finding a client who would pay her for sex in order to feed her infant. Her body was discovered nearly three months later in a septic tank outside a room where the troops had stayed after she had spent an evening drinking with them. According to the BBC, she was discovered naked except for her bra, with missing body parts and a stabbing wounded.
Wanjiru left behind a five-month-old daughter, whom her sister Rose Wanyua in Nanyuki is currently caring for. No one has been charged or arrested in connection with the homicide. After an inquest in 2019, a Kenyan judge decided that Wanjiru was murdered by one or two British soldiers.
According to the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom, which reported the murder for weeks, the judge, Njeri Thuku, ordered two more criminal investigations, but the military took no action. Following the publication of an article by the Sunday Times last month, Kenya said that the inquiry into Wanjiru’s death would be reopened.
According to the Sunday Times, a soldier told them that the killer confessed to him and that he had informed the army. The army, on the other hand, did not look into it. Soldiers are said to have made jokes about the event on social media. Kenyan detectives are also said to have requested that some of the soldiers be questioned by British military police. According to the BBC, the UK’s defense ministry stated it had never received such a request.
Last month, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated that the Ministry of Defence has and will continue to work with Kenya in its inquiry.
Locals in Nanyuki, where the British army operates a training base, have long complained about British soldiers’ behavior, but their objections have gone unheeded. The majority of the residents lack the financial means to seek justice. Wanjiru’s daughter, Wanyua, claimed her family had lost confidence that justice would be served since they couldn’t afford lawyers. The Sunday Times piece about Wanjiru, whom she refers to as Ciru, brought back sad memories for her, she told the BBC.
“If Ciru had killed that white person, I wouldn’t even know where she was imprisoned by now,” Wanyua added. “However, whoever killed her got away with it and is now living his life.” I’m parenting her child by myself, and no one, not even the government, has inquired about their well-being.”
Last month, Kenya’s Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, announced that he had authorized the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to reopen the matter and guarantee that it was resolved in a court of law.
He stated on Twitter, “I am also requesting the UK government to work with us to end the investigation and administer justice.”