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Nigerian lover of prominent city lawyer arrested over her murder

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In Summary
  • Koki was the founder of Koki & Associates. Her body was found inside her house in Syokimau.
  • Christian Kadima, the suspect, was hiding in a lodging when he was nabbed by DCI officers.
  • The two are said to have been lovers and lived together.

A Nigerian national has been arrested on suspicion of murdering prominent Nairobi lawyer Elizabeth Koki.

Christian Mwambay Kadima was plucked from his hideout –  a city lodging- by DCI detectives after a day-long manhunt yesterday.

Koki was the founder of Koki & Associates, a human resource law consultancy firm. Her lifeless body was found in her bedroom inside her house in Syokimau, Machakos County, yesterday morning.

According to DCI, the two had been living together. “The house help grew suspicious when by 10am, her employer hadn’t woken up. She then walked into her bedroom only to find her lying lifeless on the bed, with bloody bruises on her body,” says the DCI. 

Kadima reportedly fled the house after committing the crime. When DCI detectives arrived at the scene, they began processing of the crime scene, while another arm was in hot pursuit of the suspect.

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 “Our boys smoked him out of his hideout, at a lodging in the city,” said the detectives. “Kadima had tried to outsmart our officers by driving his getaway car to Riruta, to create a false impression on his whereabouts. However, our sleuths were too clever for his antics.”

 Kadima is being held at an undisclosed police station, awaiting court appearance.

The murdered lawyer’s firm deals with employment law, labour relations and human resources advisory. In her LinkedIn page, Koki said her firm provides “legal information, consulting and training to employers and human resource managers on all aspects of employee relations in order to prevent or reduce the liability and costs arising from employment law suits.”

Koki cut the image of a happy, bubbly, successful professional. She was an active member of many professional associations. There, her excellence too was manifest. “Elizabeth Koki never disappoints,” a colleague praised her after an Institute of Human Resource Management forum in 2019. “Keep on keeping on.”

“May the soul of my professional colleague rest in eternal peace,” said Collins Wanderi, a city lawyer. 

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