Four suspects were yesterday charged in an Eldoret court with the murder of a senior lecturer at Moi University.
The four, who appeared before Eldoret Senior Resident Magistrate Ezekiel Obina, were charged with violently attacking and robbing Ambrose Kibet Chedotum Sh500 on May 13 at Betta Farm in Uasin Gishu. The don was shot dead during the incident.
The suspects, Patrick Kosgey, William Otieno, Erick Musa Musava and Juda Njenga Karume alias Irungu, denied the charges. Obina ordered the four remanded at the Eldoret Police station until Friday when their bail plea application will be heard. following a application by Lawyer R.K Limo for the first accused to be released on bond.
"My client is entitled to be released on bond as per the new constitution and the police have not stated that he will interfere with investigations at all", said R.K. Limo, a lawyer of one the accused.
Prosecutor Inspector Masai Walucho read a letter from the Eldoret CID office requesting that the suspects be remanded for five days to enable the police complete investigations because some of those injured during the attack are still in hospital and have yet to record statements as witnesses.
However, the magistrate gave the police three days to complete the investigations and take back the suspects to court on Friday for the ruling on the bail application and further directions.
The case will be heard on September 10th while the mention was set for June 5. Chedotum was laid to rest last weekend on the farm where he was attacked.
Staff from Moi University, students and Information Minister Samwel Poghisho, Assistant Minister Julius Murgor, PS for Public Works John Lonyangapuo and former Minister Nicholas Biwott among others attended the burial.
Meanwhile, in the same court hundreds of passengers, matatu touts, drivers and motorcycle riders were charged with flouting traffic regulations. Most passengers faced charges of failing to use safety belts and were fined Sh500 each.