14 January 2016

Kenya: Slain Kalenjin Musician Chelele's Husband Musila Charged With Her Murder

Photo: The Star
Kalenjin musician Diana Chemutai Musila.

The estranged husband of Kalenjin songbird Diana Chemutai popularly known as Chelele was Thursday appeared before a Kericho court in connection with her murder.

Mr Erick Musila, a police officer, was presented before senior Principal Magistrate George Ong'ondo.

Mr Musila, however, did not take a plea after the magistrate directed that the case be referred to Kericho High Court Judge Hedwig Ong'udi.

The officer who kept his face down and partly hidden under the hood of the purple jacket he was wearing, listened pensively and betrayed no emotion as the charges were read out to him.

The suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Nakuru.

"On January 7, this year at Kapkwen within Bomet County, the accused murdered Diana Chemutai Musila alias Chelele," read the charge sheet.

The magistrate ordered that Mr Musila be held at the Kericho Police Station until February 8 when he is expected to take a plea before Justice Ong'udi.

Security was tight around the court as police battled to control hundreds of angry fans of the late musician.

Mr Musila was escorted out of the court premises under tight security in a convoy of three police vehicles.

The angry fans Chelele, who were denied entry into the court premises by police officers who were armed with guns and tear gas canisters, screamed and threw stones at the police convoy which was protecting the suspect.

It is not the first time that Mr Musila has been accused of committing murder.

In 2012, he, alongside his now deceased wife, were accused of being behind the murder of then Eldoret-based surveyor Eliud Kipchirchir Yego.

Then case is still pending before the High Court.

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