Four county askaris Ambani Akasi alias Wasi Wasi Alfred Maranya alias Brown, Marigo Protus Magara Alias Sarara and Julius Omanyo Ochieng linked with the killing of Hawkersin Nairobi at Milimani law court on Tuesday February 2, 2016.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High court Criminal division has released four city Council askari accused of killing hawkers on a bond of 2million and same surety. He ordered them to execute cash bail of 500,000 each to secure their freedom.
Justice James Wakiaga said the prosecution had failed to show how the accused persons could intimidate and interfere with witness.
He further directed City Inspectorate Department to redeploy them from Central Business Center (CBD) to other sections of the city.
Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki had argued there security demand’s they should remain in custody. However the accused lawyer’s said bond is their constitutional Rights.
The lawyers also said the accused persons had been performing their functions at Nairobi City Council without any threat.
The four council askaris are being accused to be behind a spate of killings of hawkers in Nairobi.
They were ordered to report to Officer in charge (OCS) Central police station after every 30 days
Two ladies were charged with an offence of damaging a motor vehicle belonging to the county government.
Ms Josephine Wambui and Ms Naomi Ndida appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo where they denied the charge.
The two are being alleged as prosecution key witnesses in a murder case against three Nairobi county askaris have been with murder.
The accused are expected to give evidence against Mr Alfred Ongesi alias Brown and Mr Julius Ochieng who have been charged with killing Mr Irungu Kamau, a hawker, on September 2013 at Nyam Hotel along Duruma Road Nairobi.
Four of them were arrested after Nairobi senator Mike Sonko intervened after hawkers sought his help.
The suspect, Mr Protus Sakala alias Salala, was arrested by flying squad officers, barely hours after Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko’s public outcry over the alleged harassment and killings of hawkers by rogue county askaris.
According to Sonko, at the time of the arrest, Salala, who is county askari, was armed with a ceska pistol which he says has already been confiscated by the police.