Leaders call for prosecution of student leader killer

By Silas Mwiti

Mps and human rights activists have issued a one week notice to CS Fred Matiang’i and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett to prosecute the police officer who shot dead the Meru student leader or face private prosecution.

This emerged when the 22-year-old student leader Evans ‘Kidero’ Njoroge was laid to rest in his father’s farm in Longonot trading center in Naivasha in an emotional ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners including fellow students.

According to Gilgil Mp Martha Wangari, it was disheartening to see that one week after the murder, the officer who had committed the act had not been arrested.

An emotional Wangari said challenged the CS and IG to salvage the image of the force by dealing with the few errant trigger happy officers tarnishing the image of police.

“We as parliament shall summon the CS and the IG for this heinous murder that has left a family in pain and the university management should also be investigated,” he said.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui while condemning the act said that he was ready to institute private prosecution against the officer involved in the killing.

He said that the family’s high hopes in the deceased had been shattered because of careless work by a trigger happy officer who was still scot-free.

“It’s painful for a parent to send a child to school in the hope of rising in the society only for the family to receive the body in a coffin and yet the child was not sick,” he said.

On her part, Naivasha Mp Jane Kihara said that she had spoken to IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru who had promised her that the officer would be charged in court.

“The officer responsible for the shooting has been identified and his file is ready and will be charged in the High Court with murder come next week,” she said.

On his part, the Meru student leader Rodgers Wangila vowed that the students would not return to class until action was taken against the officer responsible for the shooting.

“We know who the officer is and before we resume classes we want two senior officers in that college who have oppressed the students sent home,” he said.

Others who spoke were lawyers Nelson Havi, Human rights defender Augustine Irungu and a representative from the troubled university.


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