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Leaders demand arrest of MP’s killers

Published on February 15, 2008, 12:00 am

By Evelyn Ogutu

The Government has come under criticism for failure to arrest the killers of Embakasi MP, Melitus Mugabe Were.

National Assembly Speaker, Mr Kenneth Marende, and ODM MPs said Kenyans were eager to know the truth.

“The police, especially the investigation department, should arrest the perpetrators of this heinous crime. We want justice done and it should be done quickly. We will not tolerate it anymore and all we are demanding as tax-payers is to see the killers arrested and arraigned in court,” said Marende.

Speaking at an emotional requiem Mass at Holy Family Basilica on Thursday, Mr Omingo Magara said many MPs were living in fear.

The widow of the late Embakasi MP, Mugabe Melitus Were, Mrs Agnes Wairimu, is overcome by grief after viewing her husband’s body at the Holy Family Basilica, on Thursday. Were will be buried today at Bunyala in Budalang’i.

“For how long shall we live in fear? All of us are in danger. We are demanding that there should not be a cover-up in Were’s death,” he said.

Magara, who spoke on behalf of ODM, described Were as a promising leader, who did not live to see his dream come true.

The South Mugirango legislator wondered why the Government was reluctant to accept an offer from the US Federal Investigations Bureau to investigate the deaths of Were and Ainamoi MP, David Kimutai Too.

“The security agents are keen to have no stones turned in the two murders,” said Magara.

Westlands MP, Mr Fred Gumo, said Were was assassinated. He said the MP was killed elsewhere and his body dumped at the gate to his house in Woodley Estate.

“It was an assassination and not mere crime as police want us to believe. We are demanding that the people behind it are arrested,” said Gumo.

The requiem mass was attended by 19 MPs. Makadara MP, Mr Dick Wathika, was the only MP from the Government side.

Were, 39, was shot dead on January 29. Early this week, police released two suspects arrested immediately after the killing.

Coming at a time when post-election violence had rocked parts of Nairobi and western Kenya, his killing fuelled more chaos.

Marende accused security officers of turning on the people they were supposed to protect.

He noted that Kenyans had gone through trying moments since the announcement of the disputed presidential poll results, and urged leaders to shun violence and preach peace.

“Kenyans are demanding that our security forces should stop being trigger happy,” said the Speaker.

Were will be buried in Budalang’i on Friday.



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