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Wanted US fugitive Kelvin Kang’ethe recaptured

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Police are currently in custody of a fugitive murder suspect who escaped from the Muthaiga Police station last week following a five-day man hunt. Kelvin Kangethe, 41 who is facing murder charges in the US over the alleged murder of his girlfriend in Boston was arrested last night in Ngong town as he sought refuge from a family member in the area.

Kang’ethe escaped custody at the Muthaiga Police Station last week, where he was remanded awaiting the verdict on his extradition to the US. His brother Brian Kang’ethe, who is said to have aided his escape, was arrested by police officers on Monday along with five police officers who were on duty during incident. His lawyer and several other close associates have since been arrested in connection with the incident.

“We want to know what they know. We have noted the frequent calls,” said a senior investigations officer who revealed that Kang’ethe had been in close communication with some of his relatives prior to his escape. In his application to the courts state prosecutor Victor Monda told Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina that the DPP was in receipt of a request signed by the US Secretary of State to have Kang’ethe extradited.

“We will also be filing an affidavit to oppose bond or bail against the suspect,” said Monda. Kang’ethe  was arrested on January 30 2024 in Westlands and remanded to the Muthaiga Police Station before court waiting on his extradition verdict. He is wanted in theUs for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Margaret Mbitu who was found dead in the boot of a car at the Boston Airport.

Mbitu, 30 was a Kenyan-American nurse working in Halifax, Massachusetts. She was last seen leaving her work place on 30 October last year. Authorities believe Mr Kangethe left the US during the window between Ms Mbitu’s disappearance and the discovery of her body. They linked Mr Kang’ethe to the murder after security footage captured him leaving the airport parking lot where Ms. Mbitu’s body was later found. He is yet to issue a statement over the same.