I saw gunman shoot former Kabete MP, vendor tells court

Thursday October 12 2017

Newspaper vendor Ronald Nyangaresi Siango

Newspaper vendor Ronald Nyangaresi Siango testifies on October 12, 2017 in a case against seven men accused of shooting dead former Kabete MP George Muchai. PHOTO | RICHARD MUNGUTI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A newspaper vendor recounted before a Nairobi court how former Kabete MP George Muchai was killed in cold blood.

Mr Ronald Nyangaresi Siango told the High Court that the gunman shot the MP, his driver and bodyguards moments after he sold him newspapers.

He said the shooting lasted a short time and he did not have a good look at the man who was shooting.

Mr Siango said he had just walked to the window of Mr Muchai’s driver to hand him newspapers as usual.


The vendor said a white car stopped in front of Mr Muchai’s vehicle, blocking it.

“I saw the door of the white car open and a man came out brandishing a gun and shot at the driver and the other occupants in the vehicle. He went back to the white car and it sped off,” he said.

He said the car, which blocked Mr Muchai’s vehicle, almost ran over his foot as the driver sped off.

“Muchai was shot while buying newspapers around 3am, he usually bought them around that hour,” Mr Siango said.

He said he ran away from the scene after the incident and returned much later.

Meanwhile, the judge rejected a plea by the suspects that he releases them on bond.


The judge said the State has given compelling reasons to warrant them remain in custody until the case is heard and determined.

Those charged with murdering Mr Muchai are Ms Margaret Wachuiri, Mr Raphael Gachii, alias Butcher, Mr Kimani Anyonyi alias Musti and Stephen Lipapo, alias Chokore.

Others are Mr Erick Isabwa alias chairman, Ms Jane Kamau, alias Shiro and Mr Simon Gichamba.

They are accused of killing the former MP, his bodyguards Samuel Kalikia and Samuel Matanta, and driver Stephen Wambugu February 7, 2015 on Kenyatta Avenue, Nairobi.

The case was adjourned to December 13.