A suspect has been arraigned in a Kilifi court over the killing of Fisheries minister Amason Kingi's bodyguard early this month. Suleiman Mohammed Suleiman, who is the third person to be charged with murder police constable Harrison Mweni, denied the charge.
Mweni was attacked and killed as tried to protect Kingi from youths suspected to be members of the Mombasa Republican Council at Mtomondoni in Kilifi on October 4. Suleiman is jointly charged with others with committing the crime.
However, Justice Martin Muya directed that a psychiatric examination be conducted on the Suleiman, to confirm if he is fit to stand trial. He also directed the state to get a lawyer to represent him in the case.
The case will be mentioned on October 22. Two weeks ago, Faraj Kazungu and Omar Gwashe were arraigned in court facing similar charges, but did not plead to the murder charge as they were not represented.
State counsel Gioche Kibui had asked for the two suspects to be remanded in police cells to allow the completion of investigations. During the incident, residents who were attending the meeting stoned to death four people who had allegedly attacked them.
Several people, including retired Industrial Judge Stewart Madzayo, were injured and were admitted to hospital with injuries. The attackers slashed Mweni's hands making him unable to reach for his gun to repulse the attackers who emerged from the crowd brandishing machetes. Mweni was buried at his Magarini home last weekend in an emotional send off.