Gunmen behind the murder of KBC video editor Betty Barasa were on an assassination mission, police have said.
The well-known journalist died of a single wound to the face by an AK-47 or other combat rifle on Tuesday night last week in Oloolua Ngong.
The killers wore heavy industrial gloves and balaclavas, her husband Geoffrey Barasa said.
The men who killed Betty were in constant communication with unknown people over the phone. After Betty was killed, one man said on the phone the mission had been accomplished, “tumemaliza.”
DCI boss George Kinoti was to visit the crime scene on Sunday and generate as much public attention as possible. Detectives have been on the scene since Tuesday night.
They want to know if Betty had expressed any fears for her life, who her friends were, what kind of friendships they had and if she was involved in any business deals.
“The gang seemed to have been experts out to eliminate the lady. The other things they stole were to cover up the incident,” a detective familiar with the probe said on Sunday.
The postmortem report said she died of a single bullet to the head.
Detectives have recorded statements from her husband Geoffrey, their househelp and a friend to Betty identified as Tony.
Tony told police he was a friend, undergraduate classmate and neighbour. He said they were working together on a thesis and he hitched a lift to her house before leaving for his own nearby.
He said as soon as they arrived home, they were confronted by the gang and forced into the house where he and four others — the husband and three children — were subdued before Betty was killed.
The househelp screamed and ran away.
Police said Tony is part of the probe though the target was Betty.
Investigators said they were talking to more people of interest, including Betty’s colleagues an friends.
Detectives said they recovered a bullet head from Betty’s clothes. It is undergoing forensic analysis to determine if the gun may have been used elsewhere.
DCI officials said they believe the murderers were part of a well-planned murder plot.
Detectives now say that the robbery does not seem to have been an ordinary one, rather it bears the hallmarks of a mission to kill.
Colleagues of KBC journalist Betty Barasa who was shot dead by thugs last night at her home in Ololua Ngong have sent it moving tributes.
Betty is survived by a husband and three children.
Here are tributes sent in by Betty’s pals and colleagues.
Bonny Musamba: I urge the police to do whatever it takes to unearth the murderers of my colleague Betty Barasa last night.
It’s so devastating. RIP colleague.
Winnie Kiziah: Some things do not make sense, at all! Just like that Betty Barasa has rested! What a night, what a time to bear all this pain of loss! What a night! Rest In Peace mama, our big sister Is gone. God knows best, damn, this hurts!
Edward Muchiri: Sad morning losing my fellow media personality, R.I.P Betty Barasa KBC TV Senior Video Editor. Betty was shot dead by thugs at her home in Ngong
Silas Kiragu: Sad Morning for the KBC fraternity. Betty Barasa RIP. I got to know this beautiful soul when we taught together at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. Didn’t know that yesterday mid-morning would be the day to say the last Hi and Goodbye at the KBC reception. 😥😥😥…Till we meet again
Irene Kasivu: A student who turned out to be a colleague and great friend. You walked with me in serious and light moments. I’ll always treasure our friendship, will always remember you for taking me to my shags for a thanksgiving ceremony a month before my dad passed on. I’m hurt. Life is so fast. Rest in power my kid sister Betty Barasa