Police now say dead teacher was suspect in torture case

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An undated picture of Daisy Mbaluka Mbathe, the teacher of Ndooni Primary School in Kitui East, who was burned to death on January 6, 2020

An undated picture of Daisy Mbaluka Mbathe, the teacher of Ndooni Primary School in Kitui East, who was burned to death on January 6, 2020

Police say preliminary investigations into the murder of a primary school teacher in Kitui have established that the killing had nothing to do with poor exam results as earlier claimed.

Fresh details have emerged that before she met her death, Daisy Mbathe Mbaluka, whose murder prompted the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to withdraw teachers from the Ndooni Primary School due to safety concerns, was being sought by police over torture and extortion offenses.

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Police have so far ruled out the possibility of parents’ fury over examination failure at the school she taught as the motive of the cold blooded murder and were pursuing leads that the teacher may have been involved in an extortion ring.

According to Mutito police boss Consaga Malasi, a report was made at Endau Police Station by a 30-year-old man last week, who alleged that he was abducted and tortured inside the teacher’s house in Makuka village on New Year’s Eve.

Mr Malasi told the Nation that the plaintiff, identified as Mutiso Mulwa, recorded a statement on January 2, complaining that the teacher lured him to her house where he was tortured for hours by a group of men.

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