Top 10 High Profile Political Assassinations In Kenya And What Exactly Happened Behind The Scenes

Chris Msando was an electoral commission official during the 2017 General election and he mysteriously disappeared and his body later found in a forest days later outside Nairobi. Being in charge of communications and technology, his death was very key until now, his death still remains a mystery.

1. Chris Msando

This is one of the most recent cases in our list today and the name is one that is familiar to many people.

Chris Msando was an electoral commission official during the 2017 General election and he mysteriously disappeared and his body later found in a forest days later outside Nairobi. Being in charge of communications and technology, his death was very key until now, his death still remains a mystery.

2. Dr. Chrispine Odhiambo Mbai

It was one September of 2003 when the world was shocked with the news of the death of Dr Mbai. He was shot by two armed gunmen. Arrests were made but the two men were later acquitted and there was no charge against them. According to a report released by the TJRC in 2005, the reason why he was killed was because of his views about devolution famously known as the majimbo system. Despite the fact that the prosecution was given the mandate of finding out the cause of his death, nothing substantial has come out even after many years.

3. Bishop Alex Muge

For those who knew Bishop Alex Muge, he was a strong critique of the then KANU government and that is probably what landed him in trouble.

There was a time he was warned by a cabinet minister from Busia Hon Peter Okondo that he should never set his foot in Busia or else he won’t come out alive. On the 14th of August, 1990, he went to Busia for a crusade and while coming back from the place heading to his home, he had a fatal accident and the prophecy was fulfilled.

4. Father Anthony Kaiser

Anthony Kaiser was an American priest who found himself in trouble immediately after the 1997 General elections. He had linked several officials from the government with electoral violence and that is how he gained enemies. Two years later on the year 23rd of August 2000, Fr Kaiser was shot dead on the head and his body found the next morning along the Naivasha – Nakuru highway.

5. J. M Kariuki

This is probably one of the most prominent in this list. J. M Kariuki was the then Mp for Nyandarua and at one time was an assistant minister. His last public appearance was alongside former president Jommo Kenyatta and That was on the 2nd of March 1975.

After missing for some days, the them vice president Daniel Moi told Parliament that the Mp had traveled to Zambia. His body was found at the Ngong forest. The body had been burnt and left on a nest full of ants. Nobody has ever been punished because of that and the death of J. M Kariuki still remains a mystery to date.

6. Robert Ouko

The disappearance of the then minister for foreign affairs was reported on the 12th of February 1990 at his home in kisumu. This was just a few days after returning from the United States alongside former president Moi. It was a few days after his disappearance that his body was found a few kilometers from his home burnt. It was later said that he committed suicide a report that many people could not agree with.

7. Tom Mboya

Tom Mboya’s death was one of the most shocking deaths that even shook the entire country. Tom Mboya was the minster for Economic Planning And Development. He was shot at the Nairobi cbd just after visiting a pharmacy and a man called Njenga Njoroge was arrested.

During his arrest, Njenga Njoroge told the people who were arresting him to go after the ‘big man’ also but to date it is not clear who the big man was. He was hanged but many people believe that he was taken to another country. Mboya was shot on the 5th of July 1969.

9. William Munuhe Gichuki

William Munuhe was a renowned businessman and he was also a journalist. He was found dead in his Karen home on the 14th of July 2003. It was later discovered that he was an informer of the FBI and was helping in the hunt for the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. It looks like it was discovered and that was why he was assassinated.10. Professor George Saitoti

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