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New Details On Woman Who Jumped To Her Death After Fight With Boyfriend



New Details On Woman Who Jumped To Her Death After Fight With Boyfriend

According to her boyfriend, he and Kawira had moved to the bedroom at around 11.30 pm on the fateful day when her mood changed…

The family of Brenda Kawira, a 29-year-old woman who jumped to her death from the fourth floor of her apartment in Kasarani, Nairobi on Tuesday, February 21 has denied claims that she died by suicide.

Her relatives, friends and police officers revealed to the Nation that there was a strong need to relook into the chronology of events that ended the life of Kawira.

Moreover, a detective attached to the Kasarani Police Station had called for assistance for the family to get a serious investigation into her death as some of her relatives expressed reservations about how police were quick to declare the death a suicide.

“We want Interior CS Prof Kithure Kindiki and Inspector General of police Japheth Koome to help us put her death in the right perspective,” said Josephine Gitonga, the family’s doctor.

An apartment in Kasarani. /FILE

Gitonga added that there are so many gaps in the narrative by her boyfriend who previously confessed that they had quarrelled on their way to the bedroom and it is only the involvement of the homicide department of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that can unravel the mystery surrounding Kawira’s death.

According to her boyfriend, he and Kawira had moved to the bedroom at around 11.30 pm on the fateful day when her mood changed. She left the room and went to the balcony, and it was at this point that the man heard a loud thud, which prompted him to check the sitting room, kitchen and the other rooms in the house to find out where Kawira was.

He told police that he then decided to look for her on the balcony only to be shocked to see her on the ground floor. He rushed to the ground floor and sought neighbours for help, afterwhich the woman was rushed to Uzima Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

It was then that police were called to the hospital while her body was still in the backseat of a personal car.

“Physical examination deduced visible injuries and bruises on her face,” the police incident report indicated.

Police who visited the hospital found Kawira dead with visible injuries. According to the police, the deceased had bruises on her right thigh, her neck, left cheek and lower limb, with a subsequent autopsy report revealing that the cause of death was internal bleeding.

Her body was moved to Kenyatta University awaiting an autopsy as police carried out investigations. Meanwhile, the man added that his girlfriend had expressed dissatisfaction with the state of their relationship.

Richard Dzengu who said he schooled with Kawira at the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Campus, had however termed the suicide theory a poorly thought-out composition.

“I fail to understand how a falling human from a height of about 50 metres will land in a way that bruises the left sides of the neck and the cheek, at the same time injuring the right sides of the thigh. This implies a strange kind of a still fall since she was deduced to have died before she was taken to the hospital,” Gitonga added with regards to the comparison between the police report and the autopsy report.

Born on Jan 3, 1994, in a family of a Catholic priest, Peter Gitonga and Mama Catherine Gakii, Kawira had three brothers and two sisters. She schooled in Nkubu Primary School between 1997 and 2006 before she proceeded to St Mary’s Igoji Secondary School from 2007 to 2010.

In September 2021, the late Kawira graduated with first-class honours from the University of Nairobi where she was pursuing a degree in medical biochemistry specialising to become a geneticist.

She had briefly worked as a Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry teacher at Kaanwa and Marimanti girls’ secondary schools before she moved to a Nairobi-based pharmaceutical company where she was working till she met her death.

Counsellors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199, for support.

Silhouette of a couple fighting. /iSTOCK