Video-Kibaki’s lawyer beaten to death
A lawyer who represented President Kibaki in the 1997 presidential election petition was shot dead by police in Kasarani in controversial circumstances.
Nairobi police boss Anthony Kibuchi said the shooting of Mr Anthony Nahashon Ngunjiri of A.N. Ngunjiri and Co Advocates on Wednesday evening was a case of mistaken identity.
Mr Ngunjiri had practised for 26 years since his admission to the bar in 1984. He started his law firm in 1986.
“Someone called the Kasarani Police Station saying there was a fight involving youths and needed help because one of them had a gun,” said Mr Kibuchi.
Police who were patrolling the area rushed to the scene and allegedly found the group in a fight. It was then that one of the officers noticed that Mr Ngunjiri was pointing a pistol at the youths.
Mr Kibuchi said the officers ordered all those fighting to surrender, and they shot the lawyer when he defied the order.
Witnesses, however, disputed the explanation by the police and said the lawyer was beaten up as he attempted to serve a court order on Mr Joseph Macharia Muchiri over a disputed piece of land.
The incident near United States International University, off Thika Road, has drawn criticism from the Law Society of Kenya, with the chairman, Mr Ken Akide, accusing the police of having been compromised.
“This is a sad day as we have lost an important member. We are demanding an independent investigation into the matter,” said Mr Akide.
He said the LSK would hire an independent pathologist to conduct a postmortem.