State to press murder charges against DJ Joe Mfalme over officer's killing

Seven people among them DJ Mfalme at a Kibera court where they were arraigned after they were arrested in connection with the death of Kabete deputy DCIO. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

The Director of Public Prosecutions Renson Ingonga Monday revealed that the State intends to press murder charges against disk jokey Joe Mfalme.

During the hearing for an application to detain DJ Mfalme, whose real name is Joseph Mwenda Munoru, Ingonga through, prosecutor Lawrence Mutune, said the investigations will determine whether the DJ and six co-accused were responsible for the death of Dagoretti Deputy Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officer Felix Kelian Kintosi.

Mfalme's employees Allan Ochieng, Erick Kariuki Gathua and Simon Wambugu Wanjiru together with Kikuyu Police Station-based officers Khadija Abdi Wako, Sammy Cheruiyot Rotich and Agnes Kerubo Mugoi appeared before Kibera Magistrate Margaret Murage.

Mutune told the magistrate that investigators need 21 days to detain the seven since the probe was complex.

The lead investigator, Fredrick Kosen, told the court that the Kelian's death was reported by his brother Reinhard Kintosi.

Kelian was involved in an accident while driving along Kikuyu Road, opposite Kikuyu Police Station.

After the accident, there was an altercation where Kelian was allegedly beaten up by the DJ and his employees.

Wako, a traffic officer based at Kikuyu Police Station, visited the scene and found Kelian being beaten.

Kelian was taken to Nairobi West Hospital on March 16, 2024 where he was admitted with lower abdominal pains and died on March 21, 2024.

The other two police officers arrested were Sammy Cheruiyot Rotich and Agnes Kerubo Mugoi who were desk reporting officers at Kikuyu Police Station on the day the victim was reported to have been beaten.

"I also intend to take the accused to Mama Lucy Hospital for mental assessment and forward the investigation file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for determination of appropriate charge to be preferred against them," concluded Kosen.