The family of Ngumbao Jola, the murdered man in the case involving Public Service Cabinet Secretary Aisha Jumwa and her bodyguard, petitioned the court for the bodyguard's acquittal.
According to reports, the family had previously expressed reservations about seeking justice for their slain relatives. The family requested the release of Jumwa's bodyguard, Geoffrey Okuto, in writing.
The remarks made by members of Jola's family revealed their skepticism about the case's outcome.
As a result, they decided to abandon their pursuit of justice and stated that they would "leave the matter to God."
They also stated that their low socioeconomic status made them fear for their safety, which contributed to their decision to withdraw from the case.
"We are mourning bitterly because of the death, and if there is God in heaven, we leave it to Him," one of the deceased's kin told The Standard in an interview.
The development comes just weeks after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) dropped CS Jumwa from the case and replaced her as a key witness.
As a result, the bodyguard was charged alone in a new case for Jola's murder.
If the case went forward, CS Jumwa was scheduled to testify as a state witness against her bodyguard.
"In a consideration of the oral application made by the Office of Director Of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in November, followed by a letter from Coast Region Coordinator Hassan Abdi, now tabled in court," the High Court ruled.
The DPP's dismissal of Aisha Jumwa's case was one of several cases against prominent individuals dropped since the Kenya Kwanza administration took power.
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