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Police arrest Garissa Governor Ali Korane, 7 others over ex-finance CEC shooting in Nairobi

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Tue, August 28th 2018 at 08:05, Updated August 28th 2018 at 08:07 GMT +3
Garissa Governor Ali Korane
Garissa Governor Ali Korane


Garissa Governor Ali Korane was Tuesday arrested over last week’s shooting of ex- County Finance CEC Idriss Mukhtar in Nairobi.

Korane was picked from his Nairobi house in Kilimani and taken into custody for questioning after a number of arrested suspects linked him to the shooting incident.

The gun used in shooting Mukhtar, 33 was also recovered. Police staked at the governor’s house overnight until 5 am Tuesday when he came out.

He was taken for questioning at Nairobi DCI offices.

Among those in custody include the gunman who was involved in the shooting incident, a woman who hired a car that was used in trailing Mukhtar and a soldier.

Mukhtar was last week confronted and shot at close range by a gunman as he left a mosque in Kileleshwa. He is still in ICU after the shooting incident. Mukhutar had complained to police of threats to his life. Police say they have a tight case against those in custody.

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According to police, a lone gunman followed the victim to his car and shot him at close range in the head before escaping without stealing anything from him.

A team of detectives who visited the scene were informed the victim had gone for prayers at a nearby mosque and was leaving for his house when he was attacked on August 18.

He was walking to his car when a gunman who had been waiting at the entrance of the facility pursued him.

His family said Mukhtar had complained of threats to his life. He shared his statement in which he named possible suspects behind the threats with his lawyers.

Mukhtar had been sacked by the former Garissa administration and moved to court where he was awarded Sh50 million for wrongful sacking.

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