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October 19, 2018

Ex-minister Muiruri's family awarded Sh15 million for son's death

A file photo of former Agriculture Assistant Minister Patrick Muiruri
A file photo of former Agriculture Assistant Minister Patrick Muiruri

Former Agriculture Assistant Minister Patrick Muiruri's family has been awarded Sh15 million as compensation for the police killing of his son in 2009.

Dr James Nganga, a law lecturer in the UK,  was shot three times at dawn on January 24 that year after he was involved in a brawl at Club Crooked Q in Westlands, Nairobi.

Former inspector Dickson Munene and his friend businessman Alex Chepkonga were found guilty and sentenced to death in 2011 by justice Muhamed Warsame.

Chepkonga was later acquitted after challenging the verdict at the Court of Appeal.

Read: Former cop's death sentence upheld

The family and the Attorney General agreed in June 2016 that the state was wholly liable for Nganga's death.

The award by justice Joseph Sergon is for the "pain and suffering caused to the family, loss of expectation of life, loss of dependency and exemplary damages".

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