I didn’t take money from Sonko to frame city askaris – wit­ness

The four askaris are charged with mur­der­ing Ann Njahira’s hus­band Irungu Kamau in 2011. Njahira says he was stabbed with a kitchen knife while hid­ing near Nyam Ho­tel

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - ALPHONCE MUNG’AHU @TheS­tarKenya

A wit­ness has de­nied im­pli­cat­ing four Nairobi gov­ern­ment askaris in the mur­der of a hawker three years ago.

Ann Njahira, a widow, also dis­missed al­le­ga­tions by the de­fence that she re­ceived Sh100,000 from Nairobi Se­na­tor Mike Sonko to im­pli­cate the four in her hus­band’s killing.

She was tes­ti­fy­ing in a case in which Am­bani Akasi, alias Wasi­wasi, Al­fred Maranya, alias Ogesi, Marigo Pro­tus, alias Sarara, and Julius Ochieng are charged with mur­der­ing her hus­band Irungu Kamau in the city cen­tre. The four are be­lieved to be be­hind the kill- ings of sev­eral hawk­ers in the city.

Njahira told High Court judge James Waki­aga her hus­band was stabbed with a kitchen knife by the askaris near Nyam Ho­tel on Du­ruma Road on Septem­ber 16, 2011. She said he was hid­ing.

Njahira said af­ter he was stabbed, she rushed him to Guru Nanak Hospi­tal. Kamau was un­con­scious. The court heard that he was trans­ferred to Ki­ambu Hospi­tal, where he named the four as the askaris who stabbed him. Kamau died un­der­go­ing treat­ment.

Njahira said on the day of the at­tack, the four ap­proached hawk­ers on Du­ruma Road in two county ve­hi­cles and started chas­ing them. Dur­ing cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by de­fence lawyer Osoro Mogikoyo, she de­nied that she was given money by Sonko to frame the four. “You gave the names of the four askaris af­ter the se­na­tor promised Sh100,000 to who­ever vol­un­teers in­for­ma­tion on the rogue askaris,” the lawyer said.

Mogikoyo said Njahira was ly­ing be­cause her hus­band was stabbed dur­ing a demon­stra­tion by hawk­ers protest­ing against the killing of their col­league Mark Chalo five days ear­lier.

He tabled news­pa­per cut­tings show­ing that the day Kamau was al­legedly killed, hawk­ers were not work­ing, but protest­ing. Njahira de­nied al­le­ga­tions that she recorded three dif­fer­ent state­ments. She also de­nied claims that she was in­flu­enced to im­pli­cate the four in the mur­der for hawk­ers to con­tinue with their work.

/PHILIP KAMAKYA

Nairobi askaris Julius Ochieng, Am­bani Akasi, Marigo Pro­tus and Al­fred Maranya at Mil­i­mani law courts on Fe­bru­ary 2

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