Alex Olaba,, the former Kenya rugby 7s star was on Monday arraigned in court, he was charged with conspiracy to murder.
At the Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Olaba pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The rugby 7s star was remanded to serve seven days pending the outcome of his bail applications.
The 24 year old is said to have hired a hitman to kill a key witness in a case he is also involved in. The case in which he and former teammate Frank Wanyama allegedly gang raped a girl, and key witness was a vital asset for the case. Both are currently out on a Sh300,000 cash bail.
The investigating officer told the court that they found evidence of the rugby player attempting to contact witnesses in the gang rape on several occasions with the intention of influencing their testimonies.
Olaba was arrested in Nairobi’s Makadara estate last week as he allegedly met up with the said hitman, who was hired to eliminate the key witness.
Both players, Olaba and Wanyama were found guilty of gang rape in Augusta 2019 by Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku and were sentenced to 15 years in jail.
They since then have appealed for a retrial on grounds of no evidence after saying that the witness was not sworn in before testifying in court.
The two played for Kenya Harlequins and the Kenya national rugby 7s teams and were released after news broke out.
The two players are being accused of gang-raping a woman at Seefar Apartments in Nairobi on February 10th, 2019.
I the official statement of the victim, she said she attended a party in Nairobi on her birthday, where both rugby players were also in attendance.
She mentioned that she was friends with one of the players and after a night of fun she went with them to their house. She claims that the two took advantage of her intoxicated state and repeatedly took turns on her after refusing to take no for an answer, The Musician also allegedly claims she got pregnant after incident.
She said one of the two players was her friend and after a night of merry-making, she went with them to their house.