, NAIROBI, Kenya May 10 – The man who was shot dead at Club Click in Nairobi on Tuesday morning has been identified.
Police said the body has been identified as that of Kelvin Oduor Onyango, a 24-year-old who sold electronics in downtown Nairobi.
He was allegedly shot dead by Jackson Maina Wangui, a director of Club Click on Baricho Road after an argument reported to have started over a lost phone.
Maina is a licensed firearm holder but police have said circumstances under which he shot the man were not justified.
“The man has been identified, his father came and asked to be taken to the mortuary and after a brief session with our officers, he was escorted to the City Mortuary where he positively identified the body as that of his son,” Makadara Divisional Police Chief Thomas Atuti said.
The man who identified himself to the police as Mr Onyango had been looking for his son since Monday when he last saw him.
He told police that it was the last thing to imagine that his son was dead.
“He could not believe it even after identifying the body, but he has been given the facts as they are. Everything else is a matter of procedure,” Atuti said.
His divisional CID counterpart Zack Nanguli told Capital FM News this new development strengthens their case because they had been grappling to find the man’s identity.
“We asked to have the suspects remanded and some of the reasons were that the deceased identity had not been identified, this is a big step forward in our investigations,” Nanguli said.
The father to the deceased man said he had been working with him in their family business on Luthuli Avenue but had not seen him since Monday evening.
“When he failed to turn up on Tuesday, we said he may resurface the following day, but when he again failed to report back, I decided to come to report,” the father told police at the Industrial Area police station.
He has denied his son is a thief.
Maina is facing a murder charge alongside a bouncer at the club and are currently remanded at the Industrial Area Police station until next week when they will take a plea at the Milimani Law Courts.
On Tuesday morning Maina – who is popularly known to his friends as Jack Rousse – was taken to the club in handcuffs to recount to police officers what happened the previous night leading to the fatal shooting of Onyango.
Police said the club director and the bouncer told them the commotion over a lost mobile phone started in the bar on the second floor before they took the reveller to the rooftop on the 4th floor where the shooting occurred.
The Club is known for hosting a reggae theme on Mondays.
Police took the bar owner to court Wednesday to beat a constitutional provision that requires suspects to be arraigned in court within 24 hours of arrest.
They two are being represented by lawyer Timothy Mukeu.