The family of Edith Kinanu, who is at the centre of controversy between Meru Senator Mithika Linturi and his wife, Maryanne Kaitany, has demanded further investigations into her death.
Last week, Kaitany recorded a statement at the Directorate Criminal Investigations (DCI) alleging threats from Linturi regarding the mysterious death of their househelp a month ago.
Kinanu died at Linturi’s rural home in Maua, Igembe South on October 5 following what her husband, Wilson Mwiti, termed a short illness.
On the fateful day, Mwiti told People Daily, that his wife told him she was suffering from a severe headache and asked him to buy painkillers.
He added that Kinanu had earlier told him that the senator would stop by for lunch before heading to Nairobi.
Yesterday, police sources said Kaittany’s relationship with her husband soured after she insisted that Linturi allows police carry out investigations on the cause of the househelp’s death.
DCI director George Kinoti confirmed that the senator had been summoned after Linturi’s wife recorded the death threat.
When People Daily visited Kinanu’s home, her father-in-law Samson Limiri was hesitant to speak to us and said his family did not want to get embroiled in a tussle with ‘big people’.
“We do not want to be in conflict with ‘big people’. We do not blame the politician for the death of Kinanu because we were told she died of high blood pressure and we accepted. We do not wish to get involved with Linturi and his wife’s blame game. Sisi hatutaki mambo yenye hatutayaweza (We do not want to be involve),” he said.
Keitany served as Deputy President William Ruto’s chief of staff until March 2015, when she left the post alongside dozens of other top government officials in the wake of corruption allegations.