Ex-Kenyan rugby player Alex Olaba is being held in police custody over the alleged attempted murder of a critical witness in a rape case levelled against him.
He was arrested on Thursday night in Nairobi West while meeting an undercover detective planning to take away the life of the purported witness.
Reports indicate that the police were informed after the former player approached another party looking for ways of eliminating the witness.
Upon receiving the information, police sent undercover officers who posed as possible executors of his mission before they pounced on him.
Two mobile phones were recovered during his arrest, and they have been taken for forensic examination to unveil more suspects.
Olaba blamed satanic spirits for his actions, police said.
He will be arraigned in court and charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to defeat justice.
Olaba and his former teammate Frank Wanyama are accused of gang-raping a woman named WA on February 11, 2018, at Nairobi’s Highrise estate.
WA told the police that one of them lured her into his house before the two raped her in turns.
Kenyan Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku in August 2019 jailed the two for fifteen years each after finding them guilty of gang rape and committing an indecent act.
However, the High Court quashed the ruling after they appealed and ordered for retrial. The court’s Judge Grace Ngenye ruled that there was no evidence stating that one of the key witnesses in the case was sworn in before testifying.
They were later released on ksh300, 000 (USD 3000) cash bail.
Olaba and Wanyama played for Kenya Harlequins and the national rugby 7s team.