City Lawyer Assa Nyakundi’s woes keep growing from bad to worse, and by the look of things, the man might soon find himself in one of the most-protected penitentiaries in the Country.
It’s been over two weeks since Assa Nyakundi allegedly shot dead his 29-year old son yet he has not recorded a statement with the relevant authorities.
Many Kenyans have wondered why the lawyer is being accorded some sort of special treatment, with some questioning whether his dead son will ever get the Justice he so deserves.
Well, it seems like the Court has finally heard the pleas of Kenyans, and has directed the Police to record a statement from the Lawyer.
Makadara senior principal magistrate Angelo Kithinji yesterday directed investigating officer constable Godfrey Munene to record the statement and report back to court on April 15.
The magistrate also ordered that Nyakundi be charged immediately he is discharged from hospital. He was admitted to Nairobi Hospital on March 18 a day after he allegedly shot his son dead. He has been in hospital since then under police guard.
Nyakundi was expected in court yesterday but detectives and his lawyer told court he was still unwell and was not in a position to record his statement.
“I visited the suspect at Nairobi Hospital and I can confirm that he is still sick and will need more time to see if I can record his statement”, Munene told court.
Nyakundi’s lawyer Sam Nyaberi told court he was willing to accompany the investigating officer to hospital to record the statement. Under the law, detectives are supposed to record a statement under inquiry.
Nyakundi, who is accused of fatally shooting his son, Joseph Nyakundi, has maintained that it was an accidental discharge as he was trying to holster his pistol. The son was on Tuesday buried at Langata Cemetery.
On March 20, Munene was directed to serve Nyakundi with an application seeking to detain him for 14 days.
Munene had requested for 14 days to conclude investigations into the killing but the magistrate declined.
“The court cannot give orders for detention in the absence of the suspect. He needs to be served with the application so that he is made aware of it,” the magistrate ruled. The investigating officer has objected to bail in case he is discharged from hospital.
In the affidavits before court, Munene says the deceased was Nyakundi’s biological son and family members including his household employees are potential witnesses.
“We are apprehensive that if the suspect is released back to his home, he may interfere with the witnesses who have not recorded their statements,” Munene told court.