Two Held Over Were's Killing
The Nation (Nairobi)
13 February 2008
Two people who were being held by police in connection with the
killing of Embakasi MP Mugabe Were have been set free.
They were released from police custody on Monday, just hours
before the 14 days elapsed, as dictated by the law. The law
restricts the police investigating capital offences from holding
any person beyond the period unless with the authority of the
court. The two, a man and a woman, have not been arraigned in
court since they were arrested on January 29, hours after Mr Were
was shot dead outside his home in Nairobi's Woodley estate.
Detectives were unable to take the two to court since they
established they were not part of the killer gang.
The detectives have been interviewing them hoping to get
information to help in the hunt for the gang that gunned down Mr
Were. Police have also not ruled out a political motive in their
The two are among 15 other people who had their accounts recorded
by police. Others include the MP's relatives and attendants at a
city restaurant, where he was spotted having drinks about an hour
before he was shot dead. At the restaurant, Mr Were had been in
the company of the woman now set free. The detectives also
interviewed staff at Nairobi Hospital, where he was taken after
Ballistic experts also conducted tests on two spent cartridges
collected at the scene of the crime. His vehicle, a Mercedes Benz,
has also been dusted for fingerprints.
Mr Were was shot outside his gate at around 12.30am. He is said to
have taken a friend in Fedha estate, in the city's Eastlands,
about an hour before the shooting was reported.