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Police get more clues on lawyer Willie Kimani's murder

By Moses Njagih | July 20th 2016

NAIROBI: A police communication gadget was traced to where lawyer Willie Kimani and two others are believed to have been killed.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told the National Assembly's Committee on Security and National Administration yesterday that the police pocket radio entrusted to Senior Sergeant Fredrick Leliman, one of the officers charged with the murders, was for some time static in an open field near Soweto, near the Mastermind Tobacco plant on Mombasa Road.

He said the radio signal showed it was at the same location before the holder later travelled to Ruiru via the Eastern by-pass and then outside Juja town on Thika Road before it went out of range.

"There is circumstantial evidence at the moment, but there is still no evidence to show who pulled the trigger and hit the fellow. We should let the investigation take its course," he said.

Mr Nkaissery denied claims by some committee members that extra-judicial killings were sanctioned or encouraged within the police service, saying officers who commit crimes must be held accountable as individuals.

"When a rogue individual who happens to be a police officer kills people, you cannot say those are extra-judicial killings. That is murder," he said.

Taxi Driver

Mr Leliman was charged, along with fellow officers Stephen Cheburet, Sylvia Wanjiku and Leonard Mwangi, with the murder of Mr Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri.

Nkaissery said Leliman had a running feud with Mr Mwenda and had been demanding that he withdraws a case he had filed at the Independent Police Oversight Authority.

He told the committee that the three slain men were picked up by men who identified themselves as detectives on June 23 as they left the Mavoko Law Courts, claiming that Mwenda was wanted in connection with a violent robbery case in Meru.

The CS said on the day the three disappeared, residents of Soweto informed a policeman who works at the Mlolongo Weighbridge of a suspicious vehicle near the field and when the officer challenged the two men near the car, they identified themselves as policemen.

Nkaissery said the officer believed the men were officers because one had a police radio. He also noticed that one of them had a Maasai shawl.

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