Second suspect Chris Obure arrested over Kevin Omwenga murder


Second suspect Chris Obure arrested over Kevin Omwenga murder
Chris Obure (in handcuffs) and the late Kevin Omwenga (right). PHOTOS | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Chris Obure is the man who blew the whistle on the blood gold scams in Nairobi before fleeing the country “in fear for his life” just days after talking to the police in 2010.
  • He fled to South Africa after exposing a network spanning East Africa.

Chris Obure, a Nairobi businessman, was arrested over the murder of Kevin Omwenga in Nairobi on Friday night.

On Saturday morning, he was taken to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) office in Kilimani where he was grilled for several hours.

Obure is to be arraigned in court on Monday alongside one Robert Bodo who was arrested on the night of the murder after presenting himself to the police.

Bodo was at the house where the incident occurred at Galana Suites in Kilimani.

Reports indicate that the gun used belongs to Obure, a licensed gun holder, and Bodo is his employee.

It is suspected that the murder was over a deal gone sour.

This is not the first time that Chris Obure has been arrested over an incident involving guns.

Four years ago, he was alleged to have caused chaos at a Nairobi nightclub by using his licensed firearm to intimidate revelers.

He was charged with assault and causing bodily harm to a Mr Ben Alila Onyango on December 31, 2016 in Westlands.

Obure, who appeared before Milimani Law Court Principal Magistrate, Joyce Njandani, denied the charge and was released on a Ksh 20,000 cash bail or an alternative bond of Ksh 50,000.

According to police, he was arrested following complaints that he had threatened to shoot a reveler.

Chris Obure was then ordered to surrender his firearm but failed to do so.

A year earlier, he had hit the headlines for splashing millions on his wife’s baby shower at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.

He was accompanied by at least 10 men and made a special 15-minute appearance some time later into the ceremony.

He showered his wife with lavish gifts including; a Samsung S6 Edge Plus phone, a holiday trip to the Bahamas Islands and Ksh. 1 million.

After presentation of gifts, Obure and his entourage left the ceremony.

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