The case in which slain witness Jennifer Wambua was to appear on Wednesday was moved to Thursday with the judge hearing the matter expressing his shock over her sudden death.

Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi said he is saddened by the unfortunate death of Wambua, the commission’s deputy director of communications, at the Lands Commission.

Andayi said this is the first time in his long practice of the law that such unfortunate news has been brought to the attention of the court.

"In my many years of practice, I have not had such an incident and it is important that the matter be mentioned in a physical court."

Murder Most Foul

Andayi moved the date for the mention to Thursday, March 18, 2021, for the parties to appear physically in court for the prosecution to inform the magistrate of the death of the fourth witness in the matter.

Wambua was the key witness in the case against Lugari MP Ayub Savula and several others. She was to be cross-examined by the defence lawyers after she testified in the case earlier.

She was found murdered days after she was reported missing by her husband, Joseph Komu. The search for Wambua ended on Monday after her body was found at the City mortuary in Nairobi.

MP Daniel Maanzo (Makueni) a relative of Wambua said the body was found by a herdsman in Ngong on Saturday, a day after she went missing.