Cry for justice as motorist killed by Marimba Sacco touts is laid to rest
12 months ago, 3 Jan 20:37
Former presidential contender Ekuru Aukot and Kiambu MP Paul Koinange have vowed to bring Joseph Kiarie killers to book. The former Maseno University student leader died after he was assaulted by Marimba Sacco touts at Zimmerman in Nairobi after an accident on December 24. Aukot and Koinange accused the police of frustrating efforts to get justice for Kiarie following their failure to apprehend the culprits days after the incident. They spoke when they joined hundreds of mourners for Kiarie’s burial at their rural home in Komo village, Thika East on Wednesday. Aukot claimed that senior police officers own vehicles operating under the said sacco hence the slackness in apprehending the culprits. "I will assist the family through my law firm to get justice for Joseph. We must condemn this heinous act and ensure the suspects are jailed." He said the situation of senior police officers owning PSVs amounts to conflict of interest since it is unlikely for them to punish the same vehicles whenever they violate the law. "The issue of most vehicles on the Kenyan roads being owned by senior police officers has led to increased indiscipline by their crews." "People are getting away with these murder cases because the vehicles they operate with are owned by police bosses in the country," Aukot said. Related: "Law enforcers should be barred from owning and operating PSVs so that the insanity currently being witnessed in the country can end," he added. "Furthermore, those behind the murders disguised as accidents should be apprehended and jailed." Aukot asked the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to take up the matter and ensure Kiarie's killers are arrested. Koinange said that he will ensure that all matatu drivers and touts are cleared by the DCI before they are allowed to operate. "We must change the way people are licensed to work in the matatu industry so that we tame murderers who have infiltrated the sector." The MP, who is the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security, said it is time the country re-looked into the matatu industry. "It is unacceptable at this age for a country to lose over 2,500 lives on the roads. All stakeholders in the industry must come together and reason together so as to end the carnages." Koinange said Kiarie’s murder will not go unpunished adding that God will unleash his wrath on the perpetrators. Friends and relatives eulogised the late as visionary man whose passion and dream of eradicating poverty and creating jobs for the youth in the region remained a top priority. Kiarie was in the process of opening up a water packaging firm worth Sh3 million. Anthony Koinange, his brother, said they had started installing equipment at the plant before Kiarie's death. They called on the police to stop covering up the murder and instead expedite investigations and bring the culprits to book.
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