Kelvin Omwenga's murder: Suspects face more charges

Kilimani shooting : Suspect Chris Obure charged with failing to secure firearm

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  • The two suspects were granted Sh50,000 bail each but will remain in custody until Monday when their bail application in Omwenga’s murder case will be decided.

Murder suspects Chris Obure and Robert Ouko faced additional charges on Friday over a firearm that was used in the killing of Kelvin Omwenga.

Mr Obure was charged with failing to secure a firearm given to him by the government, while Mr Ouko was charged with being in possession of a firearm and 13 bullets without authorisation.

They both denied the charges.

A Nairobi court granted the two suspects Sh50,000 bail each for the new charges. They will remain in custody until Monday when their bail application in Omwenga’s murder case will be decided. 

On Wednesday, Mr Obure and Mr Ouko denied involvement in the killing of car dealer Omwenga.

While appearing virtually before Justice Mumbi Ngugi, the two denied killing Omwenga on the night of August 21 at Galana Apartments in Kilimani, Nairobi.

They answered the charge after the court declined a request by Mr Obure to be turned into a prosecution witness.

“Indeed, it seems to me that it would be to stretch the boundaries of review of the DPP’s discretion to a point where it would be against the public interest were applications such as this to be entertained,” said Justice Ngugi.

A third person was presented in court over the murder of Omwenga this week.

On Thursday, detectives asked the magistrate to detain Congolese national Vatha Bahati Josue for seven days to enable them to conclude investigations.

The detectives said they want to establish what Josue is doing in Kenya and whether he was involved in the murder of Omwenga. 

The magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko declined to detain Mr Josue and granted him Sh100,000 bail. 

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