Suspect in murder of Samuel Muvota detained for 14 days while investigations continue

Denis Karani Gachoki at Milimani Law Courts where the magistrate ordered he be detained for 14 days to allow police to complete investigations. Photo/Irene Anyango.

A Nairobi court has allowed police to detain the key suspect in the murder of Samuel Mugota Muvota who was shot six times in broad daylight at Mirema in Roysambu.

Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Muthoni allowed police to detain Denis Karani Gachoki for 14 days at Kasarani Police Station in order to complete investigations.

Gachoki surrendered himself at DCI headquarters yesterday, three days after the murder.

The DCI through police corporal Kapario Lekakeny told the court that the alleged offence occurred on 16th May 2022 around 1350hrs at Mirema in Roysambu constituency.

The murder of Muvota is attributed to a deal gone sour.

It is alleged that the suspect, the deceased and others not before court, operated an elaborate stupefying syndicate within the Republic of Kenya.

The gun used to kill Muvota was allegedly stolen by Gachoki from a police officer in Mombasa after stupefying him.

The investigating officer said Gachoki demonstrated to be a flight risk for failing to present himself immediately to the police. This is even after learning that he was wanted by the police through DCI Facebook wall on 20th May 2022.

Samuel Muvota declines to surrender phone

The court further heard that the suspect failed to produce his mobile phone to the police after surrendering himself.

“Despite him surrendering, the respondent failed to produce his mobile phone which is believed to possess vital information that would assist the investigators,” Gachoki added.

Officer Lekakeny told the court he needed time to travel to Nakuru and Mombasa to collect further evidence since it is believed Samuel Muvota resides in the mentioned areas.

“The ongoing investigations are still analyzing the numerous numbers used by the respondent to ascertain whether he is linked with the murder and arrest his accomplices,” the officer added.

Also, the court was told Gachoki has no fixed place of aboard, he is believed to reside in Kiambu, Nakuru and Mombasa.

“I require time to identify his places to recover the firearm and other dangerous weapons suspected to be in one of the houses,” Corporal Lekakeny said.