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Emotions run high at Kingi body guards burial

15 October 2012, 11:35 Alloys Musyoka

Emotions run high at burial of Minister for Fisheries developments' body guard Harrison Maitha at Magarini district over the weekend who died two weeks ago when panga wielding youths attacked him as he protected his boss at his campaign rally in Mtwapa.

Minister Kingi who was accompanied by Minister for tourism Dan Mwazo and other political leaders in the region was unable to address mourners even after he was given microphone to do so with tears flowing before he was comforted and led back to his seat by Minister Mwazo.

Kingi had said that a part from the deceased being his body guard he described him as a close friend since they played children games together at Kamale primary school in Magarini district before he asked him to be his guard when he was elected Magarini Member of Parliament.

During the burial ceremony which was almost interrupted by heavy rainfall, leaders stood their grounds to condemn the brutal attack that aimed at eliminating the Minister and asked the government to hasten its investigations.

According to Kilifi town Mayor Esther Kache and resigned Judge Stewart Madzayo Kilifi county aspiring senate who also escaped death during the Mtwapa incident, urged the government to investigate the matter urgently and bring the perpetrators to book.

Addressing mourners during the burial ceremony the emotional leaders who shed tears in public explaining how they witnessed the brutal incident that saw the body guard death said government has a role to play in ensuring such incident do not occur in future in the region.

Kache said government should arrest those behind the attack and know who had sent them and prosecute them to avoid repeat of the same in future as politicians continue campaigning for various political positions in the county governments system.

She downplayed claims by the government that the attacks were steered by MRC and instead hinted that political rivalry could be the mater behind it urging government to stretch its long hand and deal with the matter appropriately without favor.

"We want those people to be arrested and prosecuted and government to give us security whenever we go out for campaign rallies to avoid such incidents," she noted.

She described the deceased body guard Harrison Maitha as intelligent and powerful man who without fear defended his boss from attacks that were targeting him and instead all pangas landed on his body as he shielded the Minister.

Madzayo called on Coast residents to avoid targeting eliminating their leaders who are learned and can be useful to them in the coming devolved system of governments.

 "We should not target to kill our own professional leaders that will help us and the fact that in this region we don't have many professionals like our colleagues in other regions it is sad that attackers were targeting minister Kingi and mistaken me with him because of our color but some one told them he is not the one before they left me but am supposed have died," said Madzayo.

 Maitha left a widow and three children who before he died said they should be taken care of by the Minister according Kilifi mayor Esther Kache.

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