Nairobi lawyer Geoffrey Chege Kirundi. He received threatening messages warning him that he risked being killed if he did not withdraw a case before court. PHOTO/COURTESY
By DAVID KAMAU
A Kiambu Court has ordered Morris Murimi Warui to be reporting to the police every Friday pending investigations linking him to threatening messages allegedly sent to Kiru Tea Factory Company director Geoffrey Chege Kirundi.
The court however, released Warui from police custody where he was being detained over the alleged threatening messages that told Mr Kirundi who is also a Nairobi lawyer that he risked being killed if he did not withdraw a case before court.
The court had allowed police five days to continue detaining Warui after they said that they were investigating Warui over incidents concerning the threatening messages sent to Mr Kirundi.
The magistrate released Warui and directed him to be reporting to police every Friday until the completion of the investigations.
Mr Morris Murimi was arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) after a phone used to send the threatening messages to, Mr Kirundi was traced to him.
The suspect was presented before court but police requested for more time to detain him at Muthaiga Police Station pending further investigations.
The threats against Mr Kirundi come at a time when the company secretary for Kiru Tea Factory Company, Mr Bernard Kamau, was shot in the chest by men riding a motorcycle near his house in Buruburu Estate on January 6, 2019.
“The next day on the 7th January 2019 Geoffrey Chege Kirundu received a threatening text message from a mobile number 0783——at 20.07 hours with the contents he should prepare to be put into a 6×4 and he should start to count his days,” an affidavit seen by this writer indicates.
According to the affidavit presented before court, the threatening messages also described the motive being court cases involving the complaint which he had filed against directors of Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA).
“That on 6Th and 7Th February 2019 the threatening messages persisted through another additional number 0773——-. The messages agitating for the cases to be dropped or rather the victim will face death and reference being the attempted murder of Bernard Kamau,” the affidavit notes.
Police say preliminary investigations were conducted where one of the numbers used to threaten Mr Kirundi was found to have been registered in the name of the suspect.
“Secondly, the perpetrator of the threats was found to have been doing the act while at Kiamumbi Estate the same locality where the respondent was found to reside,” the court document shows.
Police said they were requesting for more time to investigate the matter because when the suspect was arrested and a subsequent search done in his house in Kiamumbi Estate several mobile phone Sim cards were recovered and further investigations were required to establish if some of them were used to send the threats to Mr Kirundi.
Mr Kirundi together with Kiru Tea Factory Company has been locked in a legal tussle with KTDA over a contempt of court case.
Six KTDA directors were on February 22, 2019 found guilty of disobeying an order of the Court of Appeal issued on December 6, 2017.Six directors are set to know their fate on March 22, 2019 when Court of Appeal judges are going to sentence them for contempt of court.
The six include KTDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Lerionka Tiampati, and Messrs Stephen Maina Githiga, Mr Eston Gakunju Gikoreh, Mr Peter Kinyua, Mr Francis Macharia (KTDA director) and Dr John Omanga KTDA company secretary.
The Court of Appeal judges William Ouko, Fatuma Sichale and James Otieno-Odek set March 22, 2019 as the date for mitigation and sentencing.
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