International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demand justice in journalist Betty Barasa murder case

The late Betty Barasa

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) boss Anthony Bellanger said there is a worrying and growing trend in Kenya where journalists have in the past been murdered in cold blood and killers get away scot-free

By The Weekly Vision Online

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is demanding justice for the family of slain KBC TV video editor Betty Barasa. IFJ General-Secretary Anthony Bellanger took issue with Kenya police for their failure to arrest suspects in the editor’s murder last April.

In a press statement, the IFJ boss said there is a worrying and growing trend in Kenya where journalists have in the past been murdered in cold blood and killers get away scot-free. The IFJ boss was alarmed at the failure of the police to arrest any suspect in the Barasa case. Barasa was murdered by hooded assassins when they accosted her at her home in Rongai by forcing her into the house before opening fire. IFJ challenged DCI detectives to follow “credible leads” and arrest the suspects.

Soon after the incident Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti dispatched detectives to assist their counterparts based in Ngong to investigate the assassination but seven months of investigations have so far yielded nothing

She was killed as her traumatized children and husband watched in horror. The killers stole mobile phones and later demanded a video “tape”! After shooting Barasa in her bedroom at point-blank range one of the killers reportedly made a phone call saying the “job” had been done! The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti immediately dispatched detectives to help their counterparts based in Ngong to investigate the incident but seven months of investigations have so far yielded nothing.


IFJ General-Secretary Anthony Bellanger

Mr Kinoti has been under extreme pressure to resolve the rising number of unsolved high-profile murders. The murder of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) TV producer came barely two months after another journalist, Jennifer Wambua, was murdered and her body dumped in Kajiado.

Like in Betty’s case, Jennifer’s killers are yet to be found, detectives are treating both cases as well-planned hit jobs. An analysis of Betty’s mobile phone, which was dumped by her killers a few metres from her house, did not produce any clues. Detectives said mobile phones belonging to Betty’s husband, Mr Geoffrey Barasa, which were stolen during the raid on their Oloolua home in Ngong, Kajiado County, were traced to Karen, where they remained for two days after the murder, before being switched off. This, the detectives argued was an indication that whoever killed Betty does not live far from her residence.

Detectives believe the men who took part in the murder could have hired the guns they used from security agencies or were rogue officers for hire. The hooded killers used two AK-47 rifles and a G3 rifle mainly used by government security agencies. They also collected all the spent cartridges, meaning they were familiar with forensic investigation procedures and how to cover their tracks.

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