Renowned Kikuyu entertainer Lawrence Njuguna, also known as DJ Fatxo, has finally spoken out following the death of Jeff Mwathi.
The Mugithi singer spoke Friday while sleuths from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) were at his apartment building in Kasarani as preliminary investigations looked into claims of suicide as the cause of death. Police descended on the premises just hours after Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki ordered them to swing to action.
DJ Fatxo now says that he believes these are trying times but he will be exonerated.
“We all want to know the truth. We believe that justice will prevail,” he said while urging his fans to continue supporting him.
He declined to take any more questions from the media but promised that his team will allow an opportunity for him to tell his story at a later date.
Mr Mwathi, 23, was reportedly hired by DJ Fatxo for an interior décor job but ended up dead outside the entertainer’s Safari Park estate house in Nairobi on February 22. He was buried in Nakuru County on March 3, 2023.
Investigators spent the better part of Friday afternoon revisiting the scene and questioning several people at the apartment building, including the Mugithi artiste, security personnel and neighbours.
The detectives from DCI’s homicide unit are interested in the moments leading up to Mr Mwathi’s fall.
Rise to stardom
DJ Fatxo rose to stardom by singing his way to the top, with his “Ndi Mang’a” hit making him a household name. However, his illustrious career will be put to the test as police seek to determine whether the death is a case of suicide or murder.
Witness statements earlier taken by local police say Mr Mwathi jumped to the hard concrete downstairs – a case of death by suicide.
But the victim’s relatives, who include Kikuyu benga musician Samuel Muchoki aka Samidoh, who is his uncle, have expressed reservations about that theory.
Death inside DJ Fatxo’s house: Police look into victim’s last days, sexual history
Some call it the witching hour while others know it as the devil’s hour.
And indeed, 3am on Thursday, February 23, 2023, is slowly turning out to be just that for renowned Kikuyu entertainer, Lawrence Njuguna alias DJ Fatxo.
On that day, a young man known as Jeff Mwathi, 23, who the entertainer had called, allegedly for an interior décor job, ended up dead outside his Safari Park estate house in Nairobi.
Witness statements taken by local police say Mwathi jumped from the 10th floor to the hard concrete downstairs – a case of death by suicide.
Mwathi was buried in Nakuru County on March 3, 2023.
But the victim’s relatives, who include Kikuyu benga musician Samuel Muchoki aka Samidoh, who is his uncle, have expressed reservations about what killed young Mwathi.
They insist that only a conclusive, open and transparent investigation will eliminate their doubts of foul play.
The Nairobi County police boss Adamson Bung’ei has assured all involved that “we are going to unravel the mystery and at the end of the day we will present the case as it happened, blow-by-blow”.
He said, “Police have nothing to gain by covering up and the ongoing investigations will answer all the lingering questions and make the findings public.”
Mr Bung’ei urged Kenyans to stop speculations and being judgmental “since all of us want to pursue the truth and place it on the table from where further decisions will be made”.
He, however, noted that justice cuts across the board — both suspects and victims — “and that is why we are recording as many statements possible from all we deem to be of interest and help…we remain very vigilant to detect all elements of possible crime(s) in the puzzle that we will soon unravel”.