Kenya Seeks Interpol Help in Nairobi Lawyer Elizabeth Koki Case

  • City Lawyer Elizabeth Koki (left) and Eric Kambaye
    City Lawyer Elizabeth Koki (left) and Eric Kambaye
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  • Kenyan authorities have turned to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to help unmask the identity and nationality of a fitness trainer accused of killing a Nairobi Lawyer.

    Eric Kambaye who also uses the alias Christian Baledi stands accused of Elizabeth Koki,s murder in January 2021. He was arrested in a lodge while trying to flee to Kampala, Uganda and is still in custody.

    Although he claims Kadima Euloge as his real identity, police recovered a ticket booked under Eric Kambayi and a sim card registered as Zukiswa Nomganga.

    A photo of the Kenyan passport (left) and the East African Community (EAC) passport (left).
    A photo of the Kenyan passport (left) and the East African Community (EAC) passport (left).
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    However,  the high High Court dismissed a bail application filed by the suspect with Judge David Kemei ruling that the suspect was a flight risk and his actual identity could not be verified.

    A pre-bail report revealed that the suspect had no permanent residence nor family ties in Kenya.

    "The report indicated that the accused’s modus operandi was that he would befriend ladies whom he would cohabit with for short periods and then end the relationship and keep on changing residence while he was in Kenya," said Justice Kemei.

    The report revealed that the suspect's father resides in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his mother in South Africa.

    In addition, Kenyan friends and officials from the Congolese Embassy whom the client said would pay his bail denounced him expressing fears of their properties being sold should the accused escape.

    Kadima, who remains in police custody, maintains his innocence and has accused the prosecution of using propaganda to ensure he remains in custody during the trial.
     
    According to investigators, the accused is an outlaw who also faces assault charges in South Africa.

    In a different case in 2016, Kenya engaged Interpol to help track and arrest a luxury car smuggler. The suspect, a  London resident, imported luxury vehicles worth Ksh28 million disclosed as household goods and personal effects.

    The suspect was trying to evade paying tax for two Range Rovers and one Mercedes Benz amounting to Ksh8.5 million. 

    Masked Interpol officers arrest a crime suspect
    Masked Interpol officers arrest a crime suspect
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