Singer Chelele mur­der case moved to Kisumu

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

The trial of an AP of­fi­cer ac­cused of the mur­der of his es­tranged wife and Kalen­jin mu­si­cian Diana Che­mu­tai, stage name Chelele, will be held in Kisumu.

Jus­tice Jessie Le­siit yes­ter­day di­rected the case, which has been trans­ferred three times, be han­dled at the High Court in Kisumu.

The mu­si­cian and her hus­band were in 2012 charged be­fore the High Court in Keri­cho with the mur­der of an El­doret sur­veyor Eliud Yego, who al­legedly had an af­fair with her. But on Jan­uary 7 Chelele was found mur­dered, and her body dumped out­side her house in Kap­kwen, Bomet county.

The state dropped charges against Che­mu­tai while di­rect­ing that of­fi­cer Eric Musila re­mains in cus­tody.

State coun­sel Cather­ine Mwaniki said all wit­nesses come from Bureti and it would be eco­nom­i­cal to con­duct the trial nearby. Musila has failed to take a plea twice as a mob at­tempted to lynch him while he was be­ing es­corted to prison. Musila’s lawyer Wameyi Makomeri yes­ter­day said he is un­com­fort­able with the case sit­tings be­ing held in Nakuru, Naivasha or El­doret for se­cu­rity rea­sons. The case will be men­tioned on December 16.

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