, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Slain Venezuelan ambassador Olga Fonsenca had expressed fears about her life a week before she was killed.
Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama on Monday told the High Court that the envoy had confided in him about receiving death threats.
Muthama told Justice Roselyn Korir who is trying five people for the murder of the envoy that she felt unsafe and also mentioned to him about her frosty relationship with former fist secretary Dwight Sagaray.
“The deceased told me her life was in danger and I advised her to make a report with the police,” Muthama told the court.
According to Muthama, “Fonseca had a lot of fear that one could tell by the look on her face.”
It was Muthama’s testimony that Saragay was the reason behind her fears and making her life difficult.
“When I asked her what the genesis of everything was, he said it was Sagaray who was making life difficult for her by advising the staff to be hostile and disrespectful,” he said.
Muthama was summoned by the court to testify about the Venezuelan Residence, in Runda where the murder took place as he is the landlord.
Sagaray and four security guards have denied murdering Fonseca on the night of July 26, 2012.
At the same time, Muthama denied that his company was given access the diplomatic bag at the embassy for transporting drugs.
Justice Korir was told that the diplomatic bag was allegedly used to smuggle drugs into the embassy.
The politician admitted having met key runaway suspect Ahmed Mohammed when he attempted to sell him some property.
At the time, Muthama said Mohammed was working with the United Nations but wanted nothing to do with him after he realised he was a fraud.
Last year, a witness sensationally claimed that Muthama’s daughter had been employed at the Venezuelan Embassy so as to gain access to the diplomatic bag.