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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Warrant of arrest issued against KHR Commissioner

A warrant of arrest has been issued for a senior programmes officer at the Kenya Human Rights Commission, George Morara and four others for allegedly breaking into the house of a man who would have testified against Henry Kosgey at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, on charges of crime against humanity then facing him.
The KHRC commissioner is believed to have been involved in the compilation of the KHRC Report on the 2017/08 post- election violence, together with the other defendants are said to have taken  away items valued at Sh14 million from the house of the plaintiff. The KHRC Report on post-election violence was rejected at The Hague by ICC.
David Owako, son of a former managing director for Lonrho East and Central Africa, Jonathan Owako, was to be a preferential witness No A/8475/11 at the ICC to testify against Kosgey. It is said the break-in on the pretext of rent arrears, was aimed at seizing documents relating to the alleged grabbing of 1,892 acres of land by Kosgey from the family.
Wrote Hillary Korir, chairman of the Rent Restriction Tribunal: “Whereas the defendants were ordered on May 29 2014 to return the plaintiff’s/tenant’s and/or in any other manner dealing with the goods, and has since refused to comply with the said order, you are hereby ordered to arrest and bring one Susan Murila, Alex Sabwa, Morris Kahando  and George Morara before the tribunal on February 25 2015 to show cause why they should not be punished for disobeying a lawful order of the tribunal”, But ever since the warrant of arrest was issued, they accused are still at large. 
On July 14 2014, Owako complained to the office of the directorate of criminal investigations that his family had been evicted from their residential house in Embakasi and all his household goods and other valuables taken away by an unlicensed auctioneer, and the landlord without a court order or a distress proclamation.
Earlier, David’s late father Jonathan Owako had on March 26 1992 wrote to retired president Daniel arap Moi after the two met at the height of the 1992 tribal cleansing in Rift Valley. He wrote to Moi: “…with deep sense of gratitude, humility and loyalty, I write to thank Your Excellency most sincerely for having agreed to  see me  and listen to our plight following the recent total loss of our property and home”.
President Moi is said to have t instructed then Nandi district commissioner to provide adequate security Jonathan Owako family on a permanent basis. “This has given us renewed spirit and strength to continue developing our farm with confidence,” the late wrote to Moi.
On May 25 2018 at 6.30pm at the height of post-election violence, the large scale farmer says he lost property worth Sh54 million, 300 grade livestock, his father’s five bedroomed house worth Sh12 million  and infant before they were evicted from their over 1,000 acres of land. His parents later succumbed to death as a result of stroke following their eviction. David who had vied for the Muhoroni parliamentary seat on the PNU ticket said he was viewed as a traitor and accused the former powerful minister for being under his current tribulations
Kosgey is alleged to have annexed 300 acres of the 1,892 acres and settled on it his henchmen to stop the Owako’s from making any advances on the land. Surprisingly, the massive land is said to been transferred two firms associated with Kosgey using false documents.
The complainant has since made damning revelations of how he was to die through extrajudicial killing after the former minister grabbed his father’s massive land during the post-election violence at Koitelel, Tinderet in Nandi county.
He says plans for his death would have been well orchestrated and that his two sons – David Oscar Junior, 5, and Mallon Owako, 4, were then to be adopted by the controversial Finger of God church where they would later allegedly be offered as sacrificial lambs in rituals after he declined to join Joseph Hellon, the church founder after they differed on the church’s doctrines and foundation. 
He said he had refused to join Hellon’s church after he learned that it was a cult movement and gave graphic incidents in which his life was to be cut short after it became public that he would be a preferred witness at the ICC against Kosgey.  Kosgey’s case in the crime against humanity following the 2007/07 post-elections violence has since been dropped. 
He says the defendants came to his House No 78/ code 781 at Nyayo Estate sometimes in May 2014 without a valid court order or the Estate’s Nera pass and took away his goods worth Sh14 million in four lorries. He says he believes the defendants were looking for the original title deed and other documents relating to the grabbed land and denied he had never been in rent arrears. The land was allegedly grabbed at the height of the 2007/08 tribal clashes in Nandi which his late father had bought from former cabinet minister Odongo Omamo, he said.
Consequently, a warrant of arrest has been issued the Rent Tribunal for the arrest of those who broke into Owako’s Nyayo Estate house and carried away all his property allegedly in search of the title deed to the contested land.