A new investigative documentary featuring former special branch (dreaded killer wing of the CID or DCI during Daniel Moi’s regime) staff and other govt officials has revealed damning details about former Cabinet Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Robert Ouko’s killer.
Former Energy Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott shot Dr Robert Ouko in the head in presence of President Daniel Moi at Nakuru state House.
“Ouko was kneeling down with his leg broken… Biwott was on his left side forcing him to confess while Moi was in front. Biwott pretended to be annoyed… whipped out a pistol and shot him in the head,” James Khwatenge (Former Special Branch Officer) told NTV Kenya.
Following the death of Robert Ouko, most witnesses, both in govt and without were eliminated.
Robert Ouko was Kisumu town MP and Kenya’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation when he was assassinated on the night of 12th and early morning of 13th February 1990.
According to those who knew, the items recovered where Ouko’s body lay were a warning to any other govt official that they’d suffer the same fate if they tried to challenge the govt.
“So, I think the items were deliberately left so that you can identify the person, and also make the statement that whoever pursues the path the ouko pursued will face the same fate,” a former Daily Nation journalist revealed.
A five-litre jerrican, a matchbox, pair of gumboots, a five-cell torch that was still switched on, a briefcase, a walking stick, and a jacket that had a pistol were items that were found beside Ouko’s burning body#OukoMurderMystery pic.twitter.com/uIJ7OQp3bv
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) February 12, 2023
“A five-litre jerrican, a matchbox, pair of gumboots, a five-cell torch that was still switched on, a briefcase, a walking stick, and a jacket that had a pistol were items that were found beside Ouko’s burning body”.
Government pathologist Jason Kaviti had concluded suicide as the cause of Ouko’s death but when the Scotland Yard detectives assessed the remains their verdict was a resounding no. It was an assassination.
Ouko was first involved in a suspicious accident at Awasi on his way home which he escaped unhurt… a few days later he was abducted from his home on the night of February 12… four days later his body was found at the foothill of Got Alila
Biwott was later sacked from the cabinet and arrested for the murder alongside Interior PS Hezekiah Oyugi, and Nakuru DC Jonah ANguka.
All the suspects were released after 14 days except Jonah Anguka who was the only person charged with Ouko’s murder however, the trial ended following the death of justice Fidahussein Abdallah in November 1992 before he could deliver his ruling.
Biwott was also supposed to testify before the committee set to investigate the murder but Moi called off the committee as soon as it was Biwott’s turn to testify.
Ouko’s widow Christabel Ouko died suddenly in a tragic car accident in June 2020.
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