- Senior Magistrate Mr. Derrick Kuto said police needed more time to interrogate them.
- "The family of the deceased deserve to know what happened. I hereby direct the respondents to be detained for 12 days at the police station," Kuto said.
- Over 1,400 wandering children in Kenya have been collected, rehabilitated, and reunited with their families since Kenya began suffering from the coronavirus.
The Kibera Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ordered businessman Chris Philip Obure, and his bodyguard, Robert John Ouko Bodo, to be detained for 12 days for questioning in connection with the murder of Kelvin Omwenga, which took place last Saturday in Kilimani, Nairobi.
Senior Magistrate Mr. Derrick Kuto said police needed more time to interrogate them, even after lawyers Prof PLO Lumumba and Otieno Arum opposed the request. “The family of the deceased deserve to know what happened. I hereby direct the respondents to be detained for 12 days at the police station,” Kuto said.
Mr. Kuto ordered the suspects to be remanded to court until September 4, 2020, and police said in such a timeframe an investigation will be completed. The court said Mr. Obure had admitted the pistol used to kill was his and was taken by Mr. Ouko without his consent.
A request for the detention of the two was submitted by the office of the director of public prosecutions (ODPP) through Mr. Allan Mogere. Mr. Mogere asked for the two to be detained for at least 14 days to enable police to complete an investigation into the murder case.
“The witnesses of the shooting incident are known to Mr. Ouko. The results of the post-mortem exercise on the body of the deceased to confirm the cause of death are not yet out,” the case investigator, Sergeant Bashir Boya told the court.
The 28-year-old Omwenga was shot dead at his residence in the Galana Suites building, Kilimani on the night of August 22, 2020.
Street Children Saved
Over 1,400 wandering children in Kenya have been collected, rehabilitated, and reunited with their families since Kenya began suffering from the coronavirus epidemic in March.
According to the chairperson of the board of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund (SFRTF), Ms. Linah Jebii Kilimo, the orphans are now receiving the best possible upbringing from their families.
However, Ms. Kilimo described how the children continue to be sexually abused, saying many are forced to use drugs, engage in pornographic movies, and child prostitution.
“Children of wandering continue to be abused as their rights are violated due to the environment in which they live,” said Ms. Kilimo when she visited the orphanage’s rehabilitated Onesmus Good Boys Center.
However, Ms. Kilimo urged parents and those entrusted with the responsibility of raising children to ensure that they receive good counseling so that they do not disappear from the streets.
“Provide children with a better environment and counseling; do not slander those who are in problems. We are committed to saving the homeless children so that they can be reunited with their families, ”stressed Ms. Kilimo.
Citing a national report on orphans, Ms. Kilimo cited the reasons for the growing number of street children including poverty, family separation, war and domestic violence, illness, poor parenting, and others being left alone to fend for themselves.
However, Ms. Kilimo said the children continue to be trained so that they can earn a living.
Onesmus Good Boys Center director Joseph Munyasya Matheka said the children were stigmatized despite the fact that they were just normal children who. These children if given advice and guidance become good people in the community.