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Late minister's son charged with murder

BUSIA
By | December 21st 2010

By STELLA MWANGI

The son of a former Cabinet Minister was Monday charged with two counts of murder at the High Court in Nakuru.

David Njuno Mbiyu, son of the late Cabinet Minister Mbiyu Koinange denied murdering two land activists before Justice William Ouko.

Mbiyu was charged that on December 3, at Soilo area of Nakuru, jointly with others before court, he murdered, Moses ole Mpoe.

In the second count, he was charged that on the same day and place, jointly with others before court, he murdered Parsaaiyia ole Kitu.

Through his lawyer Cliff Ombeta, the accused asked Justice Ouko to speed up the hearing and determination of his case due to his age and failing health.

"I would also like to make an application for bond, pending hearing and determination of the case against my client," Ombeta said.

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Justice Ouko directed the lawyer to make a formal application and serve it in the next two weeks.

An assailant riding on a motorcycle killed Mpoe and Parsaaiyia on the night of December 3, as they drove from Mau Narok to Nakuru.

Mpoe was the farm manager of the 4,923-acre Muthera Farm in Mau Narok owned by Mbiyu’s family and currently under dispute.

The late minister’s son is the fourth person to be charged with the murder of the two. He was arrested last week on Thursday night in Nairobi.

The judge ordered that the case against Mbiyu be heard on June 7 to 9 next year. He will be held at the Nakuru Prison.

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