Former Kenya Defence Forces officer Major Peter Mugure who is currently facing murder charges following the gruesome murder of his wife and two children has taken the Ministry of Defense in court over salary row.
The former Kenya Defense Forces officer’s contract was terminated from the military on 18th November 2019, to pave way for his trial in a civilian court and after his dismissal from the military, the government stopped paying his salary.
Ex-doldier and his accomplice, Collins Pamba, were arrested in October 2019, after they reportedly killed Joyce Syombua and her two kids Prince Michael, and Shaniz Maua.
Mugure sought to represent himself in the murder trial before High Court Magistrate Florence Muchemi in Nyeri when he appeared in court in March 2021.
The ex-soldier took advantage of the mention and formally made two applications in the multiple murder charges against him and his co-accused Pamba, who was a former Laikipia Airbase chef.
The former KDF soldier in the first application sought to represent himself in the court after stopping the services of lawyer Cliff Ombeta, later Kimani Njuguna, and Kariuki Runo.
Mugure in the second application asked the court to allow him to get back his motor vehicle and other personal items seized by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) detectives probing the case.
“They took away several personal items including my ATM cards. I’m asking to have them returned to me because I do not think they are part of the evidence,” Mugure told the court.
Mr. Pamba who is Mugure’s co-accused was slapped with a 5-year jail term after being found guilty of being a co-conspirator in the deaths of the three innocent souls.
The bodies of Mugure’s wife and children were recovered in a shallow grave a few days after they were reported missing after the incident happened after they visiting the soldier at his workplace.