I Saw Mungiki Kill My Colleague, Says Witness

Heavily armed Mungiki adherents invaded Othaya town and unleashed terror and violence which left a public service vehicle conductor dead, a witness told the High Court sitting in Nyeri yesterday.

Samuel Kairu told of the 30-minute terror that he witnessed from his hiding place as the bloodthirsty sect members mutilated his colleague at the local bus park.

He told Justice Michael Khamoni that he saw one of his childhood friends stab the deceased as other gang members clubbed and cut the unconscious man with swords.

He said at one point he had to flee for his life after one of the attackers spotted him watching the alleged killing from a safe distance.

Kairu told the court that he jumped over a fence and hid in a nearby building for more than 30 minutes for fear of being hacked to death by the invaders.

The witness said the attack occurred at around 9.30 am when the sect members invaded the bus park in small groups, taking the conductor by surprise.

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Kairu was testifying in a case in which Haroun Mbira Muchai and Ibrahim Gachuhi Wahinya have denied murdering Francis Muturi Ngunjiri.

The sword wielding attackers the court heard, moved in small groups to the Othaya bus terminus, where they reigned terror.

Police later repulsed the invaders and arrested several suspects, the witness said.

The attackers, the court heard, had the trade mark “dreadlocked rasta hairstyle and some chanted pro-Mungiki songs and slogans”.

The two, who are alleged to be Mungiki followers, are alleged to have committed the offence on September 23, 2002, at Othaya bus Terminus.

Kairu told the court that the second accused, Gachuhi, shouted out his name and alerted other gang members that he was running away.

The witness said that he later identified his childhood friend at a police parade.

He further told the court that he also identified one of the knives used in the crime, which he saw being plunged into the deceased body.

Nyeri Medical Officer of health, Dr Isaack Kimani, while said the deceased body had multiple stub wounds and external injuries.

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The East African Standard, Kenya
June 16, 2004

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