, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – Seven suspects accused of jointly murdering the late Kabete MP George Muchai, his driver and two body guards have pleaded not guilty to the four counts of murder.
Six of the seven suspects who did not have lawyers have been assigned counsel but they will remain remanded until April 27 when their lawyers will make formal applications for their release on bond.
“If you can do it together it will be better and then we can set dates for hearing the applications for release on bond,” Justice Jessie Lessit advised them.
She therefore directed prosecuting counsel Catherine Mwaniki to ensure the defence is supplied with all the witness statements within two weeks as she had committed to do.
Mwaniki told the court that they intend to call 41 witnesses against the suspects and Justice Lessit directed that the case be heard between November 23 and December 17.
“Please note that it excludes Fridays and weekends,” she made clear.
Erick Isabwa aka Chairman, Raphael Gachii aka Butcher, Mustafa Anyonyi, Stephen Lipapo, Jane Kamau, Margaret Wachiuri and Simon Gichamba have been in custody since February having been arrested about a week after Muchai, Police Constable Samuel Kailikia, Police Constable Samuel Matanta and Stephen Wambugu were shot and killed along Kenyatta Avenue on February 7.
They were charged with the murders on March 13 but did not plead to the charges as they were not represented by legal counsel as is required by law.
They did however plead to three counts of robbery with violence and being illegally in possession of weapons before the magistrates’ court where they will return on Monday.
In that case they are accused of robbing Michael Ngatia Gituto of his beige Nissan Sunny and Gladys Waithera of her metallic grey Toyota Spacio between February 6 and 7, immediately preceding the murder of Muchai and his security detail.
In that case too they have denied the charges and face capital punishment should they be found guilty.