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Aboud Rogo's assassination linked to mosque rehabilitation money

04 September 2015, 08:11 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A witness in the ongoing inquest into the assassination of Sheikh Aboud Rogo Thursday made a sensational revelation before the Mombasa law court that the deceased cleric might have been killed by his affiliates over alleged mishandling of foreign donor funds.

Investigating Officer Gilbert Kitalia stated that a close friend of the late cleric had told him that a disenfranchised section of the fallen imam’s followers could have been behind his assassination for mishandling of funds donated to rehabilitate mosques in Mombasa.

Rogo was shot dead along the Mombasa Malindi high way on August 2012 in Bamburi area while in the company of family members.

He said the source also informed him that the youths had suspected that Rogo might have diverted the fund to recruitment of Al Shabaab and further radicalization doctrine in the mosques.

Kitalia added that police did not investigate the matter after relatives of the deceased failed to cooperate during the investigation period.

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“We never inquired about the bank accounts of Rogo because the wife was not cooperative," said Kitilia.

He further said that a witness who had refused to give his statement in court had alleged that Rogo was shot by men of Arab origin.

The investigating officer also revealed before the court that police had to rely on a media video clip as a proof that Rogo had died from the alleged shooting.

“We did not have the body for postmortem as a group of youth carried it from the crime scene. We were however told where he was buried but we never visited the grave,” said Kitilia.

He said that he later requested the office of the DPP to seek a permit to exhume the body but the matter was directed to be heard before the court.

The investigation officer is the last witness appearing on the inquest of the salin cleric who had been linked with radicalization in Mombasa.

The court is set to give direction on the inquest on October 21.

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