Witness: Ex-Kabete MP Muchai was killed with stolen police gun

Former Kabete MP George Muchai was gunned down by gangsters using a G3-riffle stolen from a police officer, a crime buster has told the High Court.

Sergeant Moses Otiu Opiyo told Justice Kanyi Kimondo that Muchai, a former Confederation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Deputy Secretary General, his two bodyguards and his personal driver were shot dead in open range by marksman gangster he identified in court as Eric Isabwa alias Chairman.

Mr Opiyo disclosed before Justice Kimondo that the G3 riffle that had been robbed from Corporal Corporal Patrick Wamae in October 2014, five months before the former MP was slain in cold blood at the city centre.

Mr Opiyo said police recovered the stolen G3 riffle and a Ceska Pistol stolen from Muchai’s bodyguard Lekakeny were recovered at the residences of Isambwa’s wife Margaret Njeri Waciuri and Raphael Kimani who are jointly facing charges of murdering Muchai opposite the General Post Office (GPO) on February 7, 2015.

The four were ambushed by Isambwa and Kimani who were wearing hoods around 3am as they drove home and were pumped with bullets from the high-ferocity weapon.

Testifying against Isambwa, his wife Njeri, Kimani, Jane Wanjiru Kamau alias Ciru, Simon Wambugu Gachamba, Stephen Lipapa and Mustafa Maina Wanyonyi , Mr Opiyo said five bullets were fired at Muchai, Lekakeny. Kimathi and Wambugu.

The officer said all four died inside Muchai’s vehicle and that the armed police officers plus Muchai could not respond to the attack.

“The bullets were fired by accused number one- Isambwa from the G3 riffle recovered from his Kinoo 87 residence,” Sgt Opiyo testified.

The judge heard that in order to cover their tracks Isambwa had 10 mobile handsets, Wanjiru 14 handsets and Kimani had 10 mobile handsets.

Testifying before Justice Kimondo, the officer from the serious crimes Unit at the DCI Headquarters identified and produced before the court the G3 riffle, the Ceska Pistol, five spent catridges, live ammunition, two black hoods, a gunny bag and a golfs kitty bag where the G3 had been hidden.

The officer told the court that at the time of recovery of the G3 rifle, it had no safety pin.

“By the time l was forwarding the G3 to ballistic experts, the safety pin had not been recovered or found. The same was later given to police by taxi driver who ferried Mr Isabwa and Mr Kimani from where Muchai was killed at the wee hours of February 7,2015-eight years ago,” Mr Opiyo recounted.

He said upon questioning the taxi driver who handed over the safety pin to Flying Squad unit,it was unearthed that the pin was dropped in his car by the suspects when they being evacuated from the shooting scene.

Also, the officer said the Ceska pistol was recovered from Mr Kimani’s house where the firearm’s serial number had also been erased.

Justice Kimondo heard Isambwa had two mobile phone lines and 10 mobile phone handsets.

His co-accused Ms Jane Wanjiru alias Shiro, a convicted drug trafficker, had 10 mobile phones while Stephen Astiva Lipapa alias Chokore had 14 mobile handsets.

Besides their wide network of communication, the officer revealed the seven suspects’were serial offenders who have been convicted for capital offences in the past.

All the seven suspects are detained in prison custody. The hearing continues.

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