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What being a state witness in a murder trial means for DJ Joe Mfalme

DJ Joe Mfalme will now be a state witness after the Director of Public Prosecutions said there was no tangible evidence to support a murder charge in the killing of police detective Felix Kitosi. He has been cleared of any involvement in the killing of the crimebuster.

This means that DJ Mfalme – real name Joseph Mwenda Munoru – who has been turned into a state witness, will now appear before the High Court judge who will try Allan Ochieng for murder.

Ochieng is a former bouncer and master of ceremonies for DJ Mfalme.

When DJ Mfalme appears in court, he will tell the judge what he witnessed on the fateful night of March 16, 2024, when Kitosi was injured during an altercation.

The DJ will testify against his former employee.

Ochieng will be arraigned before the Kiambu High Court on a charge of murder contrary to Section 203 read with Section 204 of the Penal Code.

DJ Mfalme was made a state witness after 14 days of interrogation.

The police recorded a statement from him which was sent to the DPP who read it and then decided to “make him a state witness instead of charging him for Kitosi’s death”.

DJ Mfalme was released along with five others, including police officers. They are Simon Wambugu and Eric Gathua and police officers Khadija Wako, Sammy Rotich and Agnes Kerubo.

When the seven appeared before Kibera Chief Magistrate Anne Murage, a prosecutor said: “The DPP has instructed me to inform this court that DJ Mfalme and five other suspects arrested on 16 March 2024 over the death of Kintosi will be state witnesses.

Ms Murage then released them from custody.

The prosecutor also said that Allan Ochieng will be arraigned before the Kiambu High Court to answer to a charge of murder.

DJ Mfalme and the other suspects were detained at the request of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Inspector Fredrick Kosen of the DCI’s Dagoretti office had requested a 21-day detention to allow him to investigate Kitosi’s death.