FAMILY WANTS KWS RANGER LINKED TODI0SAPPEARANCE OF SHEIKH SUMMONED IN COURT TO REVEAL HIS WHEREABOUTS.
Senior Counsel Gitobu Imanyara for the family of the alleged abducted Isiolo based Mohammed Sheikh Abdullahi’s by Kenya Wildlife Ranger at Milimani law courts during hearing of the application seeking the wildlife service to produce Sheikh Mohammed on Thursday 9 July, 2015.
BY SAM ALFAN.
The family of the alleged abducted Isiolo based Mohammed Sheikh Abdullahi’s wants the Kenya Wildlife Ranger adversely mentioned in the proceedings be summoned for cross examination to reveal the whereabouts of Mr Mohamed.
Family’s lawyer Gitobu Imanyara told trial judge Ngenye Macharia that a ranger adversely mentioned in the proceedings should also be summoned for cross examination “as he was the last person to be seen in the company of th
They also want the police to file a report in court in connection with the investigations carried out since the matter was reported to the CID in Meru.
A ranger identified as Daniel Korir has in the meantime distanced himself from the claims and instead sent his lawyer to court.
The lawyer submitted an affidavit before Judge Ngenye Macharia in which Mr Korir states that “he has nothing to do with the missing man and denies that he arrested him or that he may be in his custody.”
Mr Imanyara told the court that the disappearance had already been reported to police for investigations, and that the police were able to establish that on June 23 at around 5.17pm the two men were together before both of their phones “went off.”
He said the police gathered the phone data after the family reported their kin’s disappearance.
“The police have fully cooperated with us , we are now requesting that this interested party (Mr Korir) be cross examined and secondly that the DPP files a comprehensive response to this suit,” Mr Imanyara said.
He said “we are dealing with a serious matter where a citizen has disappeared in full view of his family and all we are getting is denial from the state.”
The judge has ordered KWS to come on record and that the police explain, in 10 days, what steps have been taken since the matter was reported to them.
Mr Imanyara who is representing the Sheikh’s family said according to investigations, Mr Abdullahi went missing after being spotted with a KWS Ranger, Daniel Korir alias Koech.
“Since Abdullahi disappeared, the ranger adversely mentioned has not reported to work and KWS director should be summoned to explain the anomaly,” Mr Imanyara said.
However, a lawyer appearing for KWS in rebuttal said that the parastatal has collaborated with the police who have told them that the case has not been reported to them adding that “a public inquest” may unravel the mystery.
A representative of the DPP also sought time to find out what the police have done so far.
This is after the family of a man reportedly abducted two weeks ago in Isiolo moved to court through their lawyer Gitobu Imanyara seeking orders to compel the Kenya Wildlife Service to disclose his whereabouts.
Mr Mohammmed Sheikh Abdullahi’s wife, Miriam, and their four children, believe their kin is in the custody of a KWS ranger and now want director William Kiprono summoned to court over the abduction after being trailed by rangers.
The cleric is reported to have been abducted along Meru-Isiolo road near Kenya Methodist University while in the company of a relative.
His wife states in an affidavit that KWS “was unhappy with him for bailing out an uncle, Ibrahim Abdi, who has been linked to poaching and the illegal trade in Ivory.”
His relatives led by Golicha Galgalo Guyo the Butiye County Representative was in court following the proceedings keenly.