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Witness says she saw Aboud Rogo's killer

29 April 2014, 08:16 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A witness in the controversial Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo's murder case told the court she saw a man of Arab origin firing at Rogo's car from a white Subaru before it drove away.

Beatrice Nelima Wekesa told Chief Magistrate Maxwell Gacheru that she had boarded a matatu from Mtwapa to Bamburi junction and while on the way 100 meters from the Bamburi police station a white Subaru car overtook their matatu.

“A car overtook our matatu and a young man of Arab origin waved at the matatu driver to stop before blocking a white private van in front of us,” said Wekesa.

She said the van veered off the road and she saw a young man shoot at Rogo's car several times.

"The man was in plain clothes and after the shooting the Subaru car drove away towards Mombasa town," she added.

Former Bamburi OCS Erastus Gitari told the court that after getting the information, he informed the chief inspector of tourist police and proceeded to the scene with several police officers.

“After getting the information we proceeded to the scene only to find a white van KAZ 2572H veered of the road near the entrance of Pirate Beach,” said Gitari.

He said they found the deceased lying on the drivers seat and an old man with minor injuries on the head was sitting on the passenger front seat.

“A woman and a kid at the back of the van whom we identified as the deceased's wife was injured on the right leg resisted our help alleging that we the police had a hand in the murder of the deceased," Gitari said.

He said three vehicles arrived at the scene and the occupants drugged the body out of the van together with the other injured occupants.

“I identified one of those involved as Makaburi because I had seen him earlier before he was shouting at us alleging that we had been involved in the killing,” said Gitari.

Five witnesses testified Monday before the court including the officer in charge of accidents and emergency department at Mewa hospital Abdulswamad Mohammed.

The case will be mentioned on May 12, 2014.

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