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‘Real driver’ who ran over and killed former Kitui mayor revealed

The case on the killing of former Kitui mayor Martha Mwangangi has taken a new twist after police arraigned a different suspect.

Mr Philip Isika Tito, a truck driver with the Kitui County Government, was brought before resident magistrate Rose Ombata facing two counts of murder of Mrs Mwangangi and attempted murder of former Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu in Kitui Town on December 16.

Police had earlier told journalists that a Mr John Nzuki caused the accident but later produced Mr Tito in court. Both are county government  drivers.

County commissioner Boaz Cherutich and county police commander Cheruto Githinji said there was a mix-up in the names and that the person who actually drove the fire engine was the one taken to court.

REAL SUSPECT

“Please don’t read any mischief in it because it was just a mix-up, investigations established that the real suspect is Philip Isika Tito,” Mr Cherutich told journalists in his office.

The investigating officer, Inspector Omari Julius, requested the court to allow them to detain the suspect for 14 days as they conclude the probe.

State counsel backed the detectives’ request, saying it was also in the interest of the suspect’s safety that he remains in custody.

The court, however, ordered the suspect to remain in police custody for seven more days. The case will be mentioned on December 28.