The time of 3 am on Thursday, February 23, 2023, is sometimes referred to as the witching hour, while others know it as the devil’s hour.
On this particular day, Lawrence Njuguna, also known as DJ Fatxo, a renowned Kikuyu entertainer, found himself in the midst of a troubling situation.
He had called a young man named Jeff Mwathi, who was 23 years old, for what he believed to be an interior décor job.
Unfortunately, things took a deadly turn, and Mwathi ended up dead outside DJ Fatxo’s house in Nairobi’s Safari Park estate.
According to witness statements obtained by the local police, Mwathi jumped from the 10th floor to the hard concrete downstairs, resulting in his death by suicide.
However, Mwathi’s relatives, including his uncle Samuel Muchoki, a Kikuyu benga musician known as Samidoh, have expressed doubts about the official narrative.
They are calling for a conclusive and transparent investigation to be conducted to determine the truth about what happened to their loved one.
The Nairobi County police boss, Adamson Bung’ei, has reassured all parties involved that the police will investigate the matter thoroughly and present the case as it happened.
He has also urged Kenyans to refrain from speculation and judgment, emphasizing the importance of pursuing the truth and presenting it in an open and transparent manner.
Meanwhile, DJ Fatxo has suffered a significant setback in his career, with some business partners suspending engagements with him out of fear of negative publicity.
Companies such as Citified Homes, Lesedi (now Tuza), Vodka Sweet Berry, a rice company in Kirinyaga, and Optiven have all cut ties with the entertainer.
DJ Fatxo, who hails from Nyandarua County, has worked hard to establish himself as a successful disk jockey, performing artist, and brand ambassador, earning himself a spot in the millionaires’ club in just eight years.
The witching hour, or devil’s hour, may have lived up to its ominous reputation for DJ Fatxo and Jeff Mwathi on February 23, 2023.
However, with a thorough and transparent investigation, the truth about what happened can be determined, and justice can be served.
In 2020, DJ Fatxo became famous with his song “Ndi Mang’a” (I am drunk) and started performing at high-paying Mugithi events.
The following year, he collaborated with Kamoko, another Kikuyu singer, to release “Mwomboko,” solidifying his position among the top vernacular singers.
However, he tragically lost his life in suspicious circumstances.
Mwathi and two friends were trying to establish themselves in the interior décor industry when he received a call from DJ Fatxo about a potential contract.
To meet with DJ Fatxo, Mwathi borrowed Sh200 from his mother and went out to meet him. Mwathi’s mother revealed that she received a video confirming that they were together.
Still, the meeting turned into a night of heavy drinking and clubbing across four Kiambu and Murang’a counties bars.
Later, a scene-of-crime report revealed that Mwathi’s body had multiple fractures on his legs and hands, an open skull, and was naked from the waist down.
According to CCTV footage, Mwathi and DJ Fatxo retired to the ill-fated house at around 3 a.m. with three women and another man.
DJ Fatxo left with the women around an hour later, leaving Mwathi in the company of the two men, one of whom is a relative of DJ Fatxo.