Dr. Robert Ouko
After the Washington trip. Ouko’s driver and security detail were withdrawn and his passport withheld, (it was handed to Christabel, his wife, 2 days after Ouko is confirmed dead).
Moi then gave Dr. Ouko some days off, in which he decided to go to his Koru home. A few weeks before Ouko’s death, several changes were made. The D.O Muhoroni (where Dr. Ouko’s home was) was transferred. Kisumu also got a new D.C, Godfrey Mate.
The OCPD, Emmanuel Mwachiti Chiti had been transferred to Kisumu just a few months before the murder. On February 9, the Provincial Criminal Investigation Officer, Nyanza was replaced by Christopher Timbwa, who occupied the same position in Western Province.
However, the new PCIO did not assume duty but was directed to proceed on his annual leave. Most of those transferred were the people Ouko relied on for information.
On 9th February, Dr. Ouko was going to see Peter Langat, the Kericho D.C, who was Moi’s nephew. He was driving alone, and on his way, he was involved in a suspicious road accident along the Kisumu Kericho road when an oil tanker rammed into his car. He survived.
On the morning of February 12, Dr. Ouko told his wife Christabel to travel to Nairobi by road and he would join her by air the next day.
On the evening of that day, Dr. Ouko entertained the company of sister Dorothy Randiak who had to check on the Minister. After Dorothy left, the Minister checked on his poultry.
That day, he had received a brood of 500 chicks, and he was concerned the room they were housed was too cold. Dr. Ouko was with his home servants, including Selina Were, the housemaid; Zablon Agalo, the AP officer guarding the home; and Philip Rodi, the farm manager.
In Kisumu, Michael Owiti, the civilian driver of Nyanza Provincial Commissioner, Julius Kobia, received an unusual assignment. He was called by his boss( Kobia) who instructed him to drive the PC’s white Mercedes Benz to Sirikwa Hotel in Eldoret to pick some guests at the HoteL
At Sirikwa Hotel, three people approached him, inquired, and identified themselves as the people that he had been sent to pick. He left Eldoret at 8.00 P.M. and drove to the PC’s residence where he found a fleet of top official Government vehicles.
At the PC’s residence, he saw Mr. Hezekiah Oyugi, Mr. Jonah Anguka, and Nicholas Biwott. There were five cars at the residence. At around half past midnight, he (Michael Owiti ) was instructed to lead the party driving along Kisumu – Kericho Road.
In his vehicle, the carried the PC and two of the guests he had picked at Sirikwa Hotel. They turned at a junction towards Muhoroni. At a certain point, they were instructed to put off their lights and wait for a signal for them to proceed.
Near the home of Dr. Ouko, all the passengers alighted leaving the drivers alone and walked towards the home of Dr.Ouko.
At around 2:00 AM, Selina Were, the housemaid, was awakened by a loud bang. When she heard the first bang, she sat up on her bed, and then she heard three gunshots on the bedroom side of the Minister’s house
At first, she did not come out due to fear and because there was an armed guard in the compound. She curiously and with fear peeped at her window, she saw Philip Rodi (farm manager) tiptoeing followed by men who were in green uniform moving towards the store.
After a while, she saw Hezekiah Oyugi standing in front of her door. The security lights were on by then. There was no single vehicle in the homestead.
After an hour or so, she came out of her house and went to the open visitors shed where she saw a white Mercedes Benz with dim lights turn at the lower main gate. In the morning, Selina went to the bedroom and saw Dr. Ouko’s pajamas on the bed and the window fastener has broken
The spectacles of the Minister were on the table in the sitting room. The Administration Police Constable tasked with guarding the Minister’s home, Zablon Agalo, claimed that on that night, he did not see anything, since he was guarding the cattle boma.12482
Earlier that night, Agalo had warned Selina not to venture out, until he whistled, in case she heard anything. Mr. Rodi, Dr. Ouko’s farm manager, was in charge of the dogs at the kennel. On that night, he tied the dogs hence they could not bark or bite
On his statement, he said that at 2:30 AM that night, he saw Mr. Hezekiah Oyugi standing near Selina Were’s house, and Mr. Jonah Anguka was with him
Anguka who wore a blue suit with a tie was moving towards the cattle boma gate. He greeted him but Mr. Oyugi gestured him to keep quiet. A short, stocky, black man was standing at the verandah of Dr. Ouko’s house hiding behind a pillar.
Rodi confirmed later that the man who stood behind the pillar at the verandah was Nicholas Biwott in the statement he recorded to the Sunguh committee. He also saw the white car that Selina had referred to and heard the loud bangs and gunshots.
Rodi confirmed later that the man who stood behind the pillar at the verandah was Nicholas Biwott in the statement he recorded to the Sunguh committee. He also saw the white car that Selina had referred to and heard the loud bangs and gunshots. These shots were fired by Dr. Ouko at his abductors.
Unfortunately, they cornered him and pinned him down before he could shoot any of them Michael Owiti, the civilian driver to PC Kobia confirmed the Minister was grabbed from his house by the three guests he had picked in Eldoret.
Once he was captured, they forced a gag into his mouth, tied his feet, handcuffed his hands behind his back, and dragged him to the vehicle Owiti was driving, and threw him into the boot.
Two of the guest and PC Julius Kobia entered the vehicle and instructed him to drive to State House, Nakuru, a distance of 180 kilometers. At Kericho, the convoy stopped briefly to refuel. All this while, Dr. Ouko was struggling and groaning in the boot. At State House Nakuru, they found the gates open and all the five vehicles whizzed inside.
All the passengers in the vehicles alighted and Dr. Ouko, who was now nose bleeding, was literally lifted from the vehicle into the State House. They were in Nakuru until around 3.00 P.M on 13 February.
Inspector James Lando, an intelligence official in Nakuru whose duties included compiling intelligence from State House, Nakuru, came across secret intelligence documents showing that Dr. Ouko was murdered in State House Nakuru.
According to the Inspector, Dr. Ouko was carried into the statehouse, he begged for his life as his captors beat him up and slammed him against the walls. One of the men who had been hired broke a leg from a seat and used it to crash Ouko’s legs.
Lewa Njoski Contributed publication of this article.