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Witness forced to relocate

16 January 2013, 12:25 Kelvin Mureithi

A witness on Tuesday told the Meru court how she fled from Wajir after receiving death threats from a suspected grenade attacker.

Testifying before Acting Principal Magistrate D.W. Mburu, the witness said she was forced to relocate to Meru Town after her safety was threatened following the June 28th, 2012 grenade attack at Soko Mjinga market in Wajir town.

The witness narrated to the court how she spotted a strange object wrapped in a polythene bag and sealed with a cello tape on her doorstep on the morning the attack occurred.

She said she informed their caretaker but did not open the object for fear that it was some witchcraft paraphernalia.

“Together with some passersby we tried to see if we could unveil the object before a young man of Somali descent joined the crowd and took away the object claiming it was a beer bottle,” said the witness.

She said she soon heard a blast about 500 metres away but was unable to get there.

She was summoned to record a statement with the police about what she saw that morning.

The witness said she had to flee with her family to Meru town following threats from the suspect Hussein Mohammed after her initial appearance at the Wajir law courts. 

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