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Two sisters killed in Mandera attack buried in Kieni

30 November 2014, 11:22 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Emotions ran high at Mwichuiri Primary School grounds in Kieni Constituency, Nyeri County, during the burial of two sisters who were among 28 people killed by Al Shabaab militants in Mandera County.

Mourners from all walks of life thronged the grounds for the funeral service of Winfred Karimi Muthinja, 28 and Fridah Kathambi Matu, 30 who worked as teachers.

Fridah, who is survived by a daughter and husband, was a teacher at Al Bayan Secondary School while Winfred who is survived by one child was also a teacher at Dawa Integrated County School in Mandera.

The two met their death on November 22, this year on their way home for December long holidays when terrorists killed them.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Nyeri county secretary general, Mutahi Kahiga said teachers will be in the front line to protest against increased insecurity stating that government has neglected its core mandate of protecting the public.

Speaking during the funeral, Mutahi said the union would not relent or retract statements made recently asking teachers not to work in insecure areas.

“We better remain jobless rather than work in insecure or war prone areas. The government must protect its people and secure all boarders. Teachers will not go back to Mandera if we are not assured of security,” said enraged Mutahi.

The union demanded sacking of Inspector General of police, David Kimaiyo and all security bosses stating that their presence at the police service is costing loss of innocent lives.

“The police officers manning our boarders should be held accountable. No way can we loose 28 lives and let the officers go scot free while they could have prevented,” said Mutahi.

He described the deceased as determined persons since Fridah was to have graduated with her Bachelors degree in Education at Mount Kenya University while Winfred was pursuing her diploma in Education at the same University having earlier completed her P1 course.

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