By Banana Peddler
A cashier at the NHIF and her two sons escaped death narrowly on Sunday morning when her jilted police officer lover shot at them seven times in their house in Embakasi.
The jilted man, who works at JKIA, is said to have threatened to kill his lover of three years after the woman ended the relationship two months ago.
David Otieno Otieno, 34, was arrested by the police yesterday, following the predawn incident on the Nyayo Embakasi Estate.
Otieno was locked up at the Embakasi police station and will be charged in court today with the offence of attempted murder and malicious damage to property.
Yesterday, Francisca Mulinge said she survived death by a whisker.
Mulinge spoke to the Politica at the Mater Hospital, where her 21-year-old son Chrispus Makau was admitted with a fractured arm following the gun drama.
Makau suffered a fractured palm and wrist from a bullet that also grazed his right-hand fingers.
Mulinge said the ex-lover had been threatening to kill her and also sent her abusive text messages.
On the fateful night, Otieno is said to have arrived at Mulinge’s house at around 7pm and asked about her whereabouts.
He was informed by the househelp that Mulinge was not at home and he left with a promise to check on her later.
He returned to the house at around 12.30am. He knocked on the door but Mulinge’s son, who was in the sitting room watching TV, declined to open it.
At that point he started shooting into the sitting room and bedrooms through the windows. Mulinge and her two-year-old son survived the hail of bullets fired at them unhurt.
Yesterday, Mulinge denied allegations by Otieno that she had conned him out of Sh300,000, which he allegedly used to start a bar for her.
She said she was not part of the business and she decided to kick Otieno out because of his unbecoming behavior.
She said Otieno had in the past threatened to kill her and that several of her friends were injured in yet another gun drama. She said she had decided to forgive Otieno and even withdrew a complaint against him at the Embakasi police station.
Colleagues at the Embakasi police station insisted Otieno was a good and hardworking man whose only problem was “falling in love easily”.
The colleagues, who cannot be quoted as they are not authorized to speak to the media, said Otieno had spent so much time and resources building a relationship with Mulinge that his outburst was a result of “frustrations”.
Ambrose Musyoka, a neighbour who witnessed the gun drama, said Otieno threatened to shoot security guards in the estate when they stopped him at the gate.
He said Otieno had also fired a shot at a neighbour who was peeping through the curtains of her windows.
Musyoka said Otieno attacked a man who was driving into the estate in a Mercedes Benz, which he used to make his escape.