• Fri. Oct 30th, 2020

An investigation into the death of Keroche Breweries heiress Tecra Muigai will proceed after a Nairobi court dismissed attempts by the prosecution to block her mother from filing evidence in the case. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji had opposed the admission of an affidavit filed by Tecra’s mother Tabitha Karanja but Principal Magistrate Zainab Abdul ruled it proper before the court. “The DPP is at liberty to file a response to issues she has raised before we proceed with the inquest,” ruled Abdul.

 Tabitha Karanja, the Keroche Breweries chief executive officer, claimed in her affidavit that there are attempts by the DPP to cover up her daughter’s death and wants a special prosecutor appointed to handle the investigation. Hers was a mother’s pain of losing her daughter in the most tragic manner as she fought to have the inquest heard in Nairobi after the DPP filed an application to withdraw the case and have the matter transferred to Lamu.

According to her the pain the family has gone through since Tecra’s death in May, has been worsened by the DPP’s indecisiveness in bringing the culprits to book. “My daughter’s death is the most painful experience for me as a parent. We allowed the authorities to investigate and punish the crime but a number of things have happened which have made us lose faith in the DPP,” swore Karanja. She said the DPP’s withdrawal of murder charge against Tecra’s boyfriend Omar Lali and attempt to move the inquest from Nairobi to Lamu had created suspicion on his independence.

Karanja swore that her family fears going to Lamu given that Omar is influential within the island and has many boats and beach boys who he can use to harm her family. “Boat transport is the most reliable in Lamu but since the key suspect owns and operates many boats, the family has well-founded fear and may not travel to attend the inquest without significant threat to their lives,” she swore.The magistrate gave the DPP until Friday to file a response to Karanja’s affidavit and scheduled the hearing on October 14.

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