Lawyer Assa Nyakundi’s wife and son to testify against him for allegedly shooting dead his son

Family ties and loyalty put to test

Lawyers Assa Nyakundi (L) and Cliff Ombeta (R) during a past appearance in court (Twitter)

In a murder case that is threatening to tear a family apart, Nairobi lawyer Assa Nyakundi’s wife Lydia and his eldest son Noah are set to testify against him in court in a case in which the lawyer is accused of shooting dead his son Joseph Bogonko Nyakundi.

The revelations were made yesterday when Nyakundi was arraigned in Kiambu Law Courts yesterday after spending the last six weeks in hospital due to high blood pressure.

During yesterday’s court session, State Counsel Stella Oyagi, pleaded with the court to give strict bail terms arguing that some of the witnesses are his family members and stay in the same house with the accused.

Following the developments, the embattled lawyer has willingly opted to move out of his Muthaiga North Estate residence to rent an apartment in Kilimani, in Nairobi.

The case will see family relationships and loyalty put to test as Noah who is lisetd among the key witnesses takes to the stand to testify against his father.

Noah was last seen crying uncontrollably at his brother’s graveside in Lang’ata, with reports indicating that he viciously opposed earlier plans to burry his deceased brother at his father’s farm in Ngoso village, Kitutu Chache in accordance with Abagusii customs.

Joseph was eventually buried in a somber  ceremony at Lang’ata Cemetery in Nairobi three weeks ago in the absence of his father.

Family torn apart

The lawyer who admitted that the March 17 shooting incident was a “catastrophic event” disclosed that the incident has turned his life upside down and is threatening to tear his family apart.

“The church people and counsellors are trying to talk to us (him and his family) so that we don’t lose the family. I really do not want to lose my family, and already I can say the efforts are bearing fruit because my wife came to see me in the hospital and my children are responding positively,” Nyakundi said.

He was freed on a Sh1 million bond with a surety of the same amount or an alternative cash bail of Sh300,000.

Thereafter, he was escorted to his residence by the police to collect his personal effects after the magistrate ordered that him not to “touch anything belonging to his wife and children”, and that he should never go near them pending the hearing and determination of the case.


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