Someone trying to cover up Ng’ethe’s murder, family claims.

Anthony Koinange (left), brother to slain Joseph Ng'ethe Kiarie explains a point to Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina when the legislator visited to condole the family at their Komo home on Thursday.
The family of Joseph Ng'ethe Kiarie, the 33-year old former Maseno University student leader and Thika High School alumni are accusing some powerful personalities for trying to frustrate them in pursuing for the perpetrators of this heinous act.

One of the deceased brothers Anthony Koinange Kiarie said the family were initially taken round in circles at the Kasarani Police Station before the police reluctantly accepted to follow up the matter. 

He added that until the time of going to press, no arrests had been made despite the culprits being well known to the police.

Speaking to the press at their Komo home, in Thika on Thursday, Koinange said the initial police statement concerning his death had indicated that Ng’ethe had died from injuries caused by mob justice only for them to retract and change after the family protested and demanded for the correct version of the statement.

According to him, the postmortem results showed that Ng’ethe was hit at the back of his head using a blunt object.

“It took us almost two days for the correct version of the police statement to be signed by the police. 
In fact, the stamping was done after the post mortem at the Kenyatta University Morgue,” he said.

They are now questioning the motive behind the dilly dallying by the police and why no one has been arrested till now.

“We don’t care who owns this bus. All we demand is justice for our brother,” said Koinange.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina who had gone to condole the family wondered why NTSA was dragging their feet even when there was great public outcry over this matter.

He described the incident as very unfortunate and an exhibition of high level impunity.
Wainaina also called on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to suspend Zuri Genesis Sacco and Marimba Investment Sacco, which ply the Zimmerman-Roysambu route until the management of the Sacco handed over the driver and touts for beating up the victim to death on Christmas Eve in Nairobi after an altercation following a minor accident.

“These are heartless criminals who seem to be well protected to commit crimes against innocent Kenyans. We cannot let such murderers go scot-free and we demand NTSA to suspend this Sacco until the culprits are apprehended and brought to book,” said the MP.

According an eyewitness report, an altercation ensued between the victim and the bus driver when his vehicle was grazed by the minibus in Zimmerman as it joined Kamiti Road.

The former Maseno University student leader complained that the driver of the minibus was in the wrong but he was outnumbered in his quest for compensation for the damage to his vehicle. It alleged that he was attacked by a number of drivers and touts and pronounced dead on arrival at the Nema Uhai Ruaraka Hospital, located opposite Kasarani Stadium.

A driver who tried to come to the aid of the victim was also injured during the altercation and is in hospital recuperating from injuries he sustained while trying to help.

It is alleged that the minibus in question belongs to a police officer.

Before his death, Kiarie was a marketing manager at Sparks Fresh Water. In the August General Elections, Ng'ethe unsuccessfully vied for the Gatuanyaga Ward seat.
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