The death of one of Maina Njenga’s close confidant who was on trial alongside the ex-Mungiki leader and three others stalled proceedings in a robbery case they face in a Nairobi court.
Daniel Wanjohi was charged alongside Francis Mwangi, Ngare Njogu and Stephen Kuria.
They are accused of snatching guns from police officers Edwin Koech and Moses Mwangi on April 22 in 2013 at Hope International Ministries in Kasarani, Nairobi.
It is also said they unlawfully held the officers in one of the rooms at the church for hours.
The former Mungiki henchmen are also charged with damaging a government vehicle on that day.
Goose chasing exercise
They lost a petition to stop the trial but when the case came up for hearing on August 15 2017 at a criminal court in Nairobi, the defence side was ready but the prosecution said it was “not able to proceed.”
The trial court was informed Wanjohi was since deceased, a fact that has to be cross checked as a matter of routine, a death cert produced in court so that his name is deleted from the original charge sheet.
Wanjohi was shot dead recently in Kayole, Nairobi.
Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu said witnesses, who are police officers, were on election monitoring and asked for a further hearing date.
Maina’s lawyers though are of a different script.
They produced in court in a letter the police officers said to have been attacked wrote to the DPP on September 17 2012 “stating they are not interested in the case and that the trial may be a goose chasing exercise.”
The matter has been adjourned to August 30 2017.