A mechanic who is accused of stealing the car of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s convoy has been sentenced to death.
In the decision of Chief Justice Francis Andayi, the mechanic was severely punished as his actions were considered a matter of national security.
The suspect was charged with four other persons for stealing the Inspector General of Police David Machui’s BMW 735 worth Ksh 1.2 million at the time.
The incident took place in the Administration area, Nairobi on August 26, 2014, where the senior police officer was robbed at gunpoint for what was described as a carjacking.
A lawsuit filed by the court stated that the mechanic had an AK-47 assault rifle and a pistol at the time of the crime.
The second charge stated that the suspect planned to throw the car away knowing that it had been illegally obtained from the government.
The plaintiff was charged alone after it was discovered that two other defendants had died and the judge released them.
One of the partners is believed to have died in a mysterious case after being released on bail in 2017.
A second co-accused was found dead in Uganda with police reports indicating he had died of a natural illness.
Two other car dealers were acquitted for lack of evidence linking them to the car theft.
The case has sparked international outcry, raising questions about the state of national security. It took Ugandan law enforcement action to recover the vehicle.
Reports at the time said the technician was trapped in Wandegeya, a low-income suburb of Kampala near Makerere University. He was then arrested by a special police unit and a car was recovered.
The rapture was made public by Asan Kasingye, Interpol’s director for Uganda.
“Our colleagues informed us that their President’s car stolen at gunpoint was en route to Uganda. So we started tracking down and took him back to Kenya, ”Kasingye said.
The technician reportedly managed to drive one of the most monitored vehicles from Nairobi to Kampala after removing the monitoring system from a garage in Nairobi.