By Eric Winston/Guest Writer
A prime suspect linked to the murder of IEBC ICT boss, Chris Msando, appeared in a Nairobi court seeking a review of an order allowing police to continue detaining him for completion of investigations.
Andrew Kiprotich Rono, 60, an accountant at KenGen, Parklands, Nairobi, will be detained for more days after justice James Wakiaga rejected his plea for mercy on grounds that the case is sensitive and investigators need time to sift through a 500-page data history retrieved from his cell phone.
Police say he is linked to death threats the late Msando received before he was murdered.
He first appeared in a Kiambu court where the prosecution was granted 14 days which lapsed on August 28 2017.
Senior state counsel Catherine Mwaniki said forensic investigations are on -going and the suspect is in detention so that he may not interfere.
Chris Msando and his friend, Maryanne Wairimu Ngumbu, went missing on the night of July 28 and 29 2017 and later their bodies were recovered dumped at Muguga Forest in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.
Reports indicated that they were at one time seen taking drinks at a bar in Nairobi’s CBD. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Roysambu after Gatundu Mp Moses Kuria posted a picture of himself posing beside the car on Facebook.
Preliminary investigations has linked Rono to the murder of the two …
In an affidavit filed in court by the case investigating officer, Ole Sena, Rono was arrested on August 15 2017 at KenGen Headquaters in Parklands, Nairobi, “and the investigating team requires ample time to have him interrogated” in connection with the double murder.
The police recovered a cell phone that was used to send threatening messages to the deceased prior to his death.
Before the assailants struck, Msando had reported threats to his life at the Central Police Station OB12 of 22/12/2016 where he gave numbers that had been sending threats to him which included the number Rono’s and other two numbers, police say.
Mwaniki told justice Wakiaga that the suspect’s phone has been submitted to Cyber Crime lab for examination and whose report is yet to be received.
“The investigating team has vital information that more other persons who were involved in the murder are yet to be arrested,” Mwaniki said.
If the police decide to prosecute Rono, he will undergo procedures including a mental assessment before he answers to a charge of murder.
“Owing to the complexity and the nature of the case, the investigating officer(s) will need ample time in order to carry out comprehensive and in-depth investigations with a view of retracing the last movements of the deceased persons,” Mwaniki said.
The killings of Msando and Wairimu sparked an outcry with members of the public demanding justice for the victims and the families of the deceased.
Preserve his job
Justice Wakiaga directed that Rono be escorted to his employer to apply for leave of absence to preserve his job.
A lawyer representing Rono had objected to an extension of his client’s detention.
The lawyer said Rono’s continued detention “affects his work and that he has a constitutional right to be granted bail.”
He also said that Rono is advanced in age and his continued stay in custody may affect his health.
The suspect remains detained at the Muthaiga Police Station, Nairobi.