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Kilifi killings: Man arrested over murders is facing another murder charge in Mombasa

A man facing a murder charge was on Monday, August 2 arrested over the killing of three people in Kilifi County on the night of July 7, 2021.

Mzungu Shume Mwangemi, who is facing a murder charge at Mombasa High Court, was arraigned at Shanzu Law Courts over the murder of Sidik Anwali Sumra, Rahil Mohamed Kasmani and James Kazungu.

Mwangemi was arrested alongside fifteen others including a former MCA Onesmus Gambo.

Shanzu Magistrate Yusuf Shikanda allowed the prosecution to detain the suspects for 14 days to allow police to conclude their investigations.

“The suspect is an accused person in two murder cases. Crucial witnesses are yet to record statements,” says prosecutor Anthony Musyoka, adding that “the suspect’s fingerprints have been forwarded to the DCI for profiling.”

The case will be mentioned on August 16, 2021.

How the killings happened

In the 8 pm incident, the three people – two Kenyans of Indian and a local land agent – had reportedly travelled to Junju area to inspect a piece of land, when villagers confronted them.

According to Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, the villagers suspected that the three ‘strangers’ were kidnappers on the prowl. The trio tried to plead with the villagers that they were looking for land to buy, but the villagers did not believe them.

The mob descended on them, hacking them to death before setting the vehicle they were travelling ablaze.

The burnt-out shell of the car the three people were using. PHOTO/ COURTESY.

Kilifi South Sub-County Police Commander Mohamed Wako says that the victims had deep cuts on their heads and other parts of their bodies. Three people have so far been arrested in connection to the brutal murders.

He was renown farmer in the area [Kilifi]

One of those killed – Sidik Sumra, was a well-known successful dairy farmer in the area. He was the owner of Sumra Dairy Farm situated at Kikambala–Amkeni in Kilifi County.

The late Sidik was thrust into the limelight in August 2016, when his animals won different categories during the Mombasa Show.

During the annual event, Sidik entered his four cows into different categories. He had entered Boti, a then six-year-old cross-breed of a pure Friesian cow and a pure Brown Swiss bull, in the cross-breed category for large and small scale farmers. Boti, weighing 450kg, won the cross-breed category, and the overall ‘Cow of the Show’ category.

“It was a dream come true for my animals to win at the event. I could not believe that I was also the overall top dairy farmer as I was participating in the Mombasa Show for the first time,” a delighted Sidik, then 42, said in an interview with Daily Nation.

The next day, he was presented with the top honours trophy by President Uhuru Kenyatta after officially opening the show.

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