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