Dubbed “Criminal”, is inspired by the real-life story of the widow of one of Kenya’s most wanted criminal Simon Matheri.
As you might be aware, the hardened criminal was shot and killed in Athi River in 2007 aged 30. Matheri was wanted in connection with at least 18 murders, including a leading Aids researcher and the wife of a US embassy official.
And as his dramatic capture by undercover detectives played out on TV, it became apparent that his young widow, Felista Wanjiru, was only finding out at that moment that her husband was Kenya’s most wanted criminal.
This premise is what has inspired MDQ’s fifth single in line with “SHE’s” quest to answer the question of what it’s like to be a woman in modern Kenya.
Muthoni, who watched the story unfold on TV, said: “I never forgot how shocked and lost Materi’s widow looked.
“What a cruel way to find out your whole life has been a lie. To have your husband literally shot dead by the police at the doorstep of your home must have been too much to bear. And what happens to her after that? How does she carry on? How does she live in that community anymore? I carry her in my thoughts and send her healing vibe as often as I can.”
“Criminal” is co-written by Muthoni and Fena Gitu.