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Judiciary Staff Protest Over Colleagues’ Killing

Eight people among them two judicial employees based at the Eldoret High Court have recorded statements with the police following the killing of a judiciary clerk last week.

The deceased, David Ouma, a clerk at the High Court was found murdered a few metres from his house in Jerusalem estate in the outskirt of Eldoret town along the Eldoret-Iten road.

According to Uasin Gishu County Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi the county directorate of criminal investigations is analyzing statements taken from the eight persons before any arrests are effected.

Speaking to the press in Eldoret town following a protest by judicial staff over the murder of their colleague, Nthumbi said officers from Homicide Unit based at DCI Nairobi were also assisting in the investigations.

The county police boss said it was only a matter of time before they arrested suspects linked to the brutal killing of the judicial officer for prosecution.

He asked workmates of the deceased to be patient as police conducted investigations to bring to book all the suspects connected to his killing.

The deceased is said to have left his house after allegedly receiving a call from a colleague at around 10 pm on the fateful day.

His body was however found with deep cuts on the back of the head by his neighbour who was heading to work in Eldoret town at around 5.00am on Saturday.

During the protest the judicial employees led by Kenya Judicial Staff Association President Sango Maewa expressed fear over their security owing to the rising number of colleagues who have lost their lives under mysterious circumstances in different places across the country.

In February, he added, two clerks, Phenney Rowa and Shadrack Bett both working in the registry at the law courts died under unclear circumstances.

“This trend looks well-orchestrated and targeting our members. At this juncture, we condemn in the strongest terms possible these heinous acts,” said Maewa.

By Dorothy Kemboi and Claire Limo

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