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Fourth county askari charged with murder of hawker


A fourth Nairobi County enforcement officer suspected to be behind the killing of a hawker in the city centre has been charged with murder after he voluntarily presented himself in court.

Mr Ambani Akasi alias WasiWasi denied killing the hawker at a popular city hotel.

He joins Mr Alfred Maranya, alias Ogesi, Mr Julius Omanyo Ochieng and Mr Marigo Protus, alias Sarara, who have all denied the charge of killing Mr Irungu Kamau.

Mr Ambani presented himself before Justice James Wakiaga in the company of his lawyer in court.

Justice Luka Kimaru had issued a warrant of arrest against  Mr Ambani last week after the prosecution said he had gone  underground.

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But his lawyer said he has been unwell and was ready to present medical documents to the effect.

The four city askaris are accused of  jointly murdering Mr Kamau at Nyam Hotel, on Duruma Road, in Nairobi on September 16, 2015.

The incident, according to the prosecution, occurred at about 7.30pm.

An application for bail for the suspects will be heard on February 2.

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko had offered a Sh100,000 bounty for information leading to Mr Ambani’s arrest.

He had also threatened to resign if authorities failed to track down “rogue city county askaris who have been harrassing and are now killing hawkers.”