- The grandmother was a leader of gang operated in central Kenya and in Nairobi
- Police gunned her down together with her gang members at her home
- A woman they had kidnapped was rescued during the raid
- Local pastors refused to preside over the burial ceremony
There was drama during the burial of 82-year-old granny gangster and her 26-year-old nephew on Friday, July 27, in Kenyta's Irewa village, Kiharu, Muranga County when pastors refused to preside over the ceremony.
Wangari Muturi Karanja and Sammy Mwangi Kang’ethe together with another man from Njumbi village in Mathioya constituency were shot dead after heavily armed police stormed the granny’s home.
The granny was a member of the local Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK), while her nephew was a Catholic.
TUKO.co.ke learnt the clergy from evangelical churches who officiated the two burial ceremonies came from Kayole in Nairobi and in Naivasha.
Combined efforts of police officers from Murang’a and Nairobi bore fruits following the rescue Margaret Waitherero from Samar village in Maragua who had been kidnapped by the granny and her gang.
An AK 47 assault rifle, a home -made gun and several bullets were recovered from the home.
The criminals were demanding a KSh 5 million ranson from Waitherero’s family before they could release her, with police sources confirming that the woman’s husband had sent part of the ransom.
There was a heavy police presence of uniformed police officers and others in plain clothes who maintained surveillance during the burial, with hope that accomplices in crime of the deceased could attend their final farewell.
Mo eulogy was read during the ceremony.
Locals called on the police to beef up security in the village as insecurity levels were on the rise.
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