The official driver to Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu was last evening shot and seriously wounded by gunmen who grabbed his pistol and escaped with it in an attack.
Constable Titus Musyoka, was alone at the time of the shooting that happened on the roadside opposite Impala Club along Ngong Road, Nairobi.
Ms Mwilu was not in the car at the time of the incident.
“He had dropped the DCJ at her Karen home and drove in her official four wheel drive to the scene to purchase flowers for her rural home when the incident happened at about 5.30 pm,” police and witnesses said.
Musyoka was in official uniform when gunmen riding on a motorcycle stopped behind his car and approached him.
Witnesses say the gunmen tried to lure him back to his car when he went for his gun. “When he went for the gun, one of the attackers struck him once in the mouth and twice in the chest,” said a witness as attendants at the flower shop on the roadside scampered for their safety.
The attendants said they came back to where he was lying bleeding minutes after the gang had escaped. Musyoka was later taken to Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Ngong Road.
Police said they were yet to establish the motive of the attack that came at a time when the court is handling sensitive cases on presidential elections.
“Unless there is something else, this seem to have been a hit squad that pursued him from a distance. They could also be thugs who saw an opportunity after spotting the Toyota Prado on the roadside and thought it is money,” said an officer aware of the probe.
“The officer is in hospital and we are pursuing the attackers. We will be able to tell the motive after arresting them,”
said Deputy Inspector General of Police Joel Kitili.
Senior police officers rushed to the scene and interrogated attendants at the nursery as part of the probe into the shooting.
The incident caused panic in the security circles when conflicting information emerged before it was confirmed that the DCJ was not around during the attack.
The Supreme Court where Ms Mwilu is a Deputy Chief Justice is handling a number of cases on the presidential polls that it nullified on September 1. The repeat polls are expected on Thursday.