Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga 42, has been described as a man of immense means, but one who was also irritable, volatile even.
His wife, Philomena Njeri, on the other hand, was a bubbly 30-year-old, who loved the finer things in life.
The two had known each other for ten years and married for six with mutual friends describing the couple as lovebirds “who had a uniquely complicated relationship” who broke and made up on numerous ocassions.
“On several instances, madam (Njeri) would leave the house and return weeks or months later,” one of the domestic workers said.
“Boss (Gachunga) was a gentleman, but could easily get angered at the slightest provocation,” said the domestic worker.
Another employee said the couple’s childlessness might have led to frequent fights between Gachunga and Njeri.
Mukindi, 42, didn’t want children and Philomena Njeri, 30, became desperate for a family. A friend of Mukindi claims he confided in him that he could not sire children.
But the reports continue to conflict with another telling the Star, that Mukundi did not want any children as he already had two from his previous marriage
“He has two children and an ex-wife who live outside the country, so he did not want any more children but Njeri wanted children very much,” neighbor Joseph Kamau said.
A close friend of the couple confirmed Mukundi has two children and a wife in Belgium. He also said that Njeri was pregnant but it was through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
“The two met at a club sometime back and when Njeri couldn’t get pregnant, they went the IVF way,” he said, asking not to be named.
The friend said trouble started after Mukundi discovered that Njeri had an affair with one of her workers at a spare parts shop she ran in Mlolongo area.
“Mukundi had opened the shop for his wife who secretly opened another shop for her secret lover in the same area,” he said.
Another neighbor who did not want to be named said Mukundi was furious when he discovered his wife was pregnant. He never told her he couldn’t sire children.
“He called a friend in whom he had confided earlier. He told him Njeri was pregnant and he was not the father.
Mukundi worked with insurance companies and bought vehicles that had been written off. He sold the spare parts, a friend said.
The spare parts business was doing very well. It was being run by his wife Njeri.
He had moved to the Kirigiti area after building a large maisonette in 2014. He often held lavish parties attended by prominent people.
The maisonette on a large parcel of land extending to a stream is well secured with a heavy metal gate, security cameras, and 12 German Shepherd dogs.
“He was so furious that he threatened to harm himself or his wife,” the neighbor said.
“When the friend tried calling him back, he was not picking up. It was too late,” he added.
Kiambu DCIO Dennis Wekesa confirmed the couple had separated for two months before the murder-suicide.
Wekesa said Mukundi had been trying to reach Njeri on the phone, hoping to reconcile, and on Monday, the two met for lunch.
In the evening, as they were going their separate ways, Mukundi hit a nearby wall and called Njeri back to take him home. His driver took the car to the Kiambu police station.
“They agreed to go to the station the following day to sort the issue and we believe that is why Njeri spent the night at the home,” he said.
Kiambu Town OCPD Mohammed Badel said a maid contacted the police around 6 pm on Tuesday. She said she had been knocking on their door but there had been no response since morning when she arrived for work.
“Immediately we got the distress call, we entered the house and went to the bedroom, which was locked from the inside,” Badel said. They knocked for a while and decided to break down the door
The bodies were found inside their bedroom, which had been locked from inside.
Based on the bodies’ condition, the shootings had occurred about 10 hours before, Badel said.