Four police officers have been interdicted in connection with the escape of Kevin Kang’ethe on Wednesday, February 7.
In a briefing to the press on Friday, February 9, Nairobi Police Commander Adamson Bungei confirmed that two other police officers had been transferred.
The four, according to the police commander, will face charges in court including aiding the escape of the wanted suspect.
Bungei also announced that John Maina Ndegwa, a man claiming to be his lawyer and reported to have visited suspect Kevin Kang’ethe on the day he escaped, would remain in custody amid the ongoing investigations.
“We are handling that matter; we are not leaving anything behind. We are focusing all our interests on that matter,” Bungei assured in his address.
However, the Police boss said investigations had ascertained that Maina was indeed a lawyer and had visited his client on several other ocassions .
Meanwhile, Milimani Chief Magistrate Lucas Onyina issued an arrest warrant against Kang’ethe after an application by the prosecution side.
Kang’ethe escaped from the police cells at Muthaiga Police Station where was held pending his extradition to the United States.
How Kevin Kang’ethe came to the limelight
He was arrested after an intense manhunt coordinated by local authorities and their counterparts in the US in connection with the murder of his girlfriend, the late Margaret Mbitu.
Mbitu, a Kenyan living in the US was found dead inside a car parked at airport in Massachusetts with stab wounds in his neck and head.
Upon investigations, authorities linked Kevin Kang’ethe to her killing and subsequently launched a manhunt.
But Kang’ethe was reported to have fled the country and boarded a plane back to Kenya.
Mbitu’s family in a statement in December had requested members of the public and security agencies to help bring the suspect to book, noting that it would serve justice for their daughter.
After months of searching, Kang’ethe was arrested while leaving an entertainment joint in Nairobi’s Parklands area in late January.
The US authorities then filed an application for Kang’ethe’s extradition where he was set to face murder charges.
According to the police, Kang’ethe escaped by running away from a room he ahd been allowed to hold a meeting with his lawyer and took off to the adjacent Thika Superhighway.