Emotions run high as slain chief buried in Kieni
17 April 2016, 18:01
Nanyuki - Tears flowed freely as residents of Nyeri and Laikipia counties laid to rest an assistant chief who was shot dead by unknown assailants at his home last week.
Chief Martin Muriithi, 44, was shot dead by armed gang at his home in Ichuga location in the outskirts of Nanyuki town.
The attackers also escaped with his pistol which is yet to be recovered.
Emotional mourners from all walks of life trooped at Equator village in Kieni East sub-County, to witness the burial.
Some men and women openly cried uncontrollably as the administrator’s body was being interred in its final resting place amid rainfall.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe and Kieni MP Kanini Kega described the deceased as a hardworking public servant who died in the line of duty.
Kiunjuri asked police to bring the assailants to book to serve justice to the bereaved family and to the community.
“The government will not allow intimidation. Police must not rest until they apprehend the killers. They have grabbed the community a dedicated servant. We know in his area there were no illicit brews. He was a hardworking man desired by all,” said Kiunjuri.
He added that the chief was also in the forefront in a campaign to urge youth register for identification and voters card.
Senator Kagwe said the slain chief was the latest casualty of criminal elements that have caused insecurity in the region.
He eulogised him as a patriotic, hero and a leader.
“I have discussed this matter with the County Commissioner as well as the County Police Commander and they have assured me that they are doing everything possible to apprehend these murderers,” said Kagwe.
He added that residents will not feel safe until the said killers are arrested since they also made away with the chief’s gun.
Kieni MP Kanini Kega lamented that insecurity cases had increased in the area noting that recently a pedestrian was attacked by a panga wielding man near Nanyuki town.
Kega said those who murdered the chief are being pursued and soon they will be arrested and arraigned in Court.
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