Wrangles at the Bujra Ranch linked to the Mpeketoni attack
02 February 2016, 08:10
Mombasa - Prosecution has linked wrangles at the Bujra Ranch in Witu to the Mpeketoni attack that left over 60 people dead in July 2014.
State Prosecutor Alexander Muteti said Mahad Swaleh Mahadi alias Jesus, who is the administrator of the said Ranch was an influential person in the region and used his influence to harass people whom he alleged had encroached on the farm.
However, in his defense Mahadi informed the court that his enemies who had encroached on the ranch are the ones who implicated him in the attacks.
He informed the court that on July 7, 2014 he received a call from his son informing him that there were over 60 police officers at their home looking for him, and he instructed him to lead the officers to his mother’s home near Malindi Old Court.
“At around 9.00pm the police under the command of inspector Rono, the then DCIO Malindi, arrived at my mother’s home and said I was needed at Malindi Police station,” said Mahadi, adding that Rono informed him he was a lead suspect in the killings that had happened in Witu, Gamba and Tan Delta.
“I was told to record a statement after which I was locked in the police cells without being booked in the OB. He said he had instructions to have me locked in the cells."
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He added that a CID officer interrogated him over the Bujra Ranch and accused him of organizing, financing and planning the Mpeketoni attacks.
"The officers informed me that the Ranch security officers had quarreled with the pastoralists in the region," he narrated, noting that he has never been arrested, charged or linked to any terror group in Kenya.
He informed the court that he never left Malindi town during and after the attack.
Three witnesses who had testified in court said they had communicated with Mahadi via his mobile phone.
The defense hearing of the case is set to continue Tuesday.
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