Body of slain banker flown for burial

Sophie Njoka and Murimi Mutiga @murimimutiga

The body of a 35-year-old banker, who was reportedly killed by five security guards for allegedly urinating on grass at a parking lot at Nyali Centre in Mombasa, has been airlifted to Nairobi for burial.

David Wokabi, who worked at a Stanbic Bank branch in the same building where he met his death, will be buried on Monday in Makutano area in Mwea, Kirinyaga county.

He was reportedly beaten by security guards at Nyali Centre after walking from an entertainment joint on January 7. A postmortem report indicates that he succumbed to severe injuries to the brain from three cuts on his head and one on the neck.

Before being airlifted, his body was taken to the spot where he met his death with mourners describing him as an outgoing person. They urged the government to ensure justice for “Kamaa” as he was fondly known to friends.

Two of the suspected killer guards have been arrested while three others are still on the run. Mombasa police boss Johnstone Ipara said police are still pursuing the escapee guards.

Ipara said the two that were arrested have been charged at Shanzu Law Courts with assault but police would amend the charges to murder.

Wokabi died last Sunday after spending a week in the Intensive Care Unit at Aga Khan Hospital, where he was transferred from Jocham Hospital with internal head bleeding.

Grace Wokabi, the widow of the deceased said Wokabi was well known to the guards, adding that the motive of the heinous act remains unknown to the family.

On Thursday, a family friend Benson Mosonik claimed that the involved security company was trying to cover up the matter and had aided the other guards to escape. “They are trying to cover up the murder, that is why they are yet to produce parts of the CCTV footage. We want justice,” he said.

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