The army chief said he was “appalled” by allegations that British soldiers may have been involved in the murder of a Kenyan woman.
General Mark Carleton-Smith has said he is determined to work with authorities to establish the facts of the murder of Agnes Wanjiru.
The body of Wanjiru, who was 21, was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court hotel in Nanyuki town, near Batuk camp (British Army Training Unit Kenya), two months after his disappearance in March 2012 She had been stabbed, Kenyan investigators later concluded.
In a report shared on twitter, Carleton-Smith said: “I am sure you are all as appalled as I am by the recent allegations regarding the murder of Agnes Wanjiru in Nanyuki, Kenya, in 2012. I want you to know that I am determined to support the competent authorities to establish the facts of the matter as quickly as possible.
However, he did not say whether this should include an investigation by the Royal Military Police.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said he was awaiting a request from Kenya for help in locating Wanjiru’s killer. A defense source told the PA news agency: âThe defense secretary has been impatient with the pace of all this and has called for full cooperation. He worked with the military police and the Kenyans to ensure that their investigation was not hampered.
The Sunday Times reported that a soldier accused of the murder was named by his comrades after he allegedly confessed to the murder and another soldier reported the murder to senior officers at the time, but the Army did not ‘took no action.
Labor called on the government to investigate any possible “cover-ups”. Shadow Secretary of Defense John Healey called Wanjiru’s murder “terrible” and called on ministers to act on “the reports of serious failures in the British military exposed in this case”.
He added: âThere was no investigation by the Defense Ministry into the soldiers involved and no investigation into why the Defense Ministry did not respond when Kenyan detectives asked for it. ‘aid. Nine years later, justice must now be done for Agnes and her family.
Wanjiru dropped out of high school and later became a sex worker to care for her baby. She was last seen by witnesses on the night of March 31, 2012 leaving a Nanyuki bar accompanied by two British soldiers.
His body was later discovered behind a room where the soldiers had stayed, with body parts missing and a stab wound.
According to the Sunday Times, a Kenyan judge presiding over the 2019 inquiry concluded that Wanjiru had been murdered by one or two British soldiers. Njeri Thuku said: âI formed the opinion that Agnes was murdered by British soldiers. Maybe it was one or two. But what is certain is that they were British soldiers because they were dressed in their uniform.
The judge said a broken mirror and blood had been found in a room at the Lions Court Hotel and there may have been a “cover-up”. She ordered two new criminal investigations. Despite investigations by the Kenyan police and investigations by investigators from the Ministry of Defense, no one has been brought to justice, the Sunday Times reported.
Wanjiru’s daughter, now 10, is cared for by Agnes’ sister Rose, who told the newspaper: âWe are poor, but we will not be silent. I know British soldiers killed her. All I can do now is pray that they get caught.