Kieni MP Kanini Kega’s cousin was shot dead when three gangsters stormed his shop in Mweiga town, Nyeri county at 5am on Wednesday.
Nathaniel Mutitu, a prominent 51-year-old businessman, had just opened his ‘Mweiga corner shop’ when the robbers attacked.
They ordered his customers to lie down before shooting him in the ear at close range.
The gangsters who came in a Sienta with a concealed number plate stole an unknown amount of money and two cartons of cigarettes.
Residents who jammed the scene feared for their safety despite the location of Mwiga police station about 50 metres away from the shop.
Henry Muchai, a customer who was hit with the butt of a gun, said the robbers took about five minutes, the police arriving after they had left.
Peter Maina said as one person ransacked the shop, another stood guard at the door and gave the customers the orders while the third waited in the car.
The locals said Mutitu, who had operated the shop for more than 20 years, was a trusted custodian of the other traders’ money and keys.
They decried the laxity of police officers and called for the overhaul of the station.
Local AP commander F K Mbogoh however defended the police saying they were on patrol the whole night.
He said two of them had been to the shop minutes before the incident.
Mbogoh said the incident that took place during the exchange of guards for the morning shift was well calculated.
Kega said: â€œItâ€™s really a sad day for our larger Mutitu family when we woke up to receive the sad news that Mutitu wa Duka-Ini (wa Gicheche) has been shot dead by thugs in his shop. RIP My brother.”
The body was taken to the Mary Immaculate Hospital morgue in Mweiga town.
No arrest has been made so far.
Majority leader Aden Duale’s relative was two weeks ago picked up in his shop in Garissa and body found around Nyeri.
Both Kega and Duale are proponents of draconian security law which puts more security responsibilities on citizens rather than the police.