As news of the shocking suicide committed by DP Ruto’s elite guard circulated, several posts were shared online, on Tuesday, April 12, claiming that the deceased had testified in the Ksh39 billion fake arms deal saga that was crafted at Ruto’s office with former Sports CS Rashid Echesa at the heart of it all.
The reports surfaced on social media alleging that the bodyguard, who was part of the elite Presidential Escort Unit, was found dead at his house inside a General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Juja, Kiambu County.
It was alleged that the deceased testified in the fake arms deal where former Sports Cabinet Secretary, Rashid Echesa, was acquitted.
Constable Samuel Ngatia of the elite presidential escort unit who was attached to DP Ruto died after shooting himself in the head on Monday morning.
The motive behind the incident is yet to be known and police are conducting investigations.
In the wake of the reports linking him to the matter, Kenyaleo.co.ke delved into the matter and established that the deceased bodyguard attached to the second in command was not the same person who testified in the case.
The officer who died on Monday, April 11, was identified by police as Constable Samuel Ngatia, a member of Deputy President William Ruto’s security detail and not the bodyguard who testified in the case.
Preliminary investigations indicate that he was alone in the house within the General Service Unit’s Recce squad camp along Kenyatta Road at the time of the incident and was found bleeding profusely.
Ngatia used his pistol to blow up his head and preliminary findings show the bullet entered on the right side and exited on the left side, officials who visited the scene revealed.
Kenyaleo.co.ke established that the bodyguard who testified in the 2021 firearms saga, was identified as Nicholas Maiyo Burkey.
Maiyo, one of DP’s bodyguards, told the court that he ushered Echesa and the two white men into the DP’s offices on February 13, 2020 in the scandal that saw Echesa dragged to court withsergeant Kipyegon Kenei murdered before he could testify.
“I informed Echesa that Ruto was heading to Kandara. Echesa and the two white men left the town office,” Maiyo told the court while being cross-examined.
Echesa was eventually freed on Friday, December 4, after the court ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict him in the case where he was accused of defrauding two foreign nationals by promising to award them a tender to supply firearms to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
Sourced from Kenya leo