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Details about the mysterious death of Mithika Linturi’s maid

Widower speaks amid allegations of domestic abuse and threats by Linturi's wife

The late Edith Kinanu who served as a house-help for Mithika Linturi until her death last month

In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Mwiti revealed that his attempts to establish the truth on what killed his wife hit a dead end after wife’s parents opposed calls for a post-mortem that could have cleared “disturbing questions”.

The widower claims that instead, his wife was hurriedly buried a week after she died,   denying him the chance to clear any doubts on the circumstances in which his wife died — and denied him the closure he needs to move on.

“I was for the idea of a postmortem but her parents refused, saying they did not want the body of their daughter to be mutilated,”


However, shortly after Mr Linturi’s estranged wife, Maryanne Keitany, filed a report with the DCI alleging domestic abuse and claiming that the Senator threatened her with a gun, speculations arose on the death of Ms Kinanu.

Mr. Mwiti’s father told the nation that “We also heard from the media that Senator Linturi’s wife had raised issues about our daughter’s death…What we know is that she complained of headaches before she was rushed to hospital where she passed on”.

Meru County Criminal Investigations Officer Joseph Limo confirmed that no investigations had been launched into the death or failure to conduct the post-mortem since Ms Kinanu’s family has not made a complaint.

Nation quoted him stating that “If the family does not want to be involved in the matter and, as long as there is no complaint, we cannot institute investigations”.


On November 2, detectives said they questioned the senator after his partner alleged he threatened to kill her during a domestic brawl in their Runda home, Nairobi.

As their misunderstanding spilled to the public, Keitany obtained court orders barring the Senator from physically or sexually abusing or threatening the wife, her staff and their six children or person associated with her.

He is also not allowed to loiter near the home or areas the wife visits often. He can only contact her when permitted by the court.


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