Kakamega

By Andrew Ombuni

  • There will be demonstrations tomorrow in Kakamega town over Obilo’s death
  • Lawyer was attacked on February 29 around Bishop Stam pastoral centre
  • He was 31 years of age and former LSK Kakamega chapter treasurer
  • He succumbed to the head injuries while receiving treatment at MTRH
  • He was hit by a stone on the head that broke his skull into pieces
  • Unconfirmed reports indicate He might have died as a result of the insurance case he was handling

Lawyers from Western Kenya will tomorrow (Tuesday) stage a peaceful demonstration in Kakamega town demanding answers over the death of their colleague, Hillary Olunga Obilo.

The late Hillary Olunga Obilo

Obilo was attacked by an armed gang on February 29, around at Bishop Stam Pastoral Centre. He was hit by a stone on his head that broke his skull into pieces. This is according to Sam Onyango, the West Kenya LSK branch chairman.

Mr Obilo,31, was on heading home on the fateful day and after the attack, his car and the cell phone was stolen from him by the criminals. He will be buried on March 14.

“We will be having a peaceful protest to demand answers from the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) – Kakamega to explain to us why the suspects behind the killing of our colleague have not been arraigned in court,” said Onyango in a presser at the Kakamega law courts.

Mr Onyango blamed the DCI officers of laxity at work and treating the matter casually, saying Mr Obilo cannot be laid to rest when his assailants were still scot free.

Esther Ang’awa (second left), the Upcountry LSK Council Rep. addressing the press at Kakamega law courts

“The police have suspects under their custody but they are claiming to have not concluded with investigations over this matter. One of the suspects even led them to where the car was and instead of arresting his fellow gang members, they left them scot free,” said Onyango.

Onyango said their lives are in danger and therefore they will not be representing anyone who is facing criminal charges, since they are the ones killing them in cohort with the police.

He announced that they won’t go to work from Monday – Wednesday this week as they will be mourning their colleague while putting on the purple ribbon.

The Upcountry LSK Council Representative, Esther Ang’awa, tomorrow’s demonstration will be a clear indication that they not satisfied with the way the police are handling the matter and accused them of trying to protect the suspects.

“LSK President Nelson Havi was forced to protest to the head of homicide in Nairobi who order the Kakamega DCI officers to probe them matter. They are sleeping on their job while we are demanding justice for our slain colleague,” said Ms Ang’awa.

Kakamega LSK President Maureen Odeck said Mr Obilo was a promising advocate and that his death had robbed them (lawyers) treasure.

“We are asking the police to speed up their investigations so that the assailants behind the death of Mr Obilo are brought to book. We want justice for his young family and we will stop at nothing until such a time the police will give us answers over the matter,” said Ms Odeck.

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