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‘Deliver justice for man killed by matatu crew’

Family members carry casket bearing the remains of Joseph Kiarie who was laid to rest yesterday in Komo village, Gatuanyaga, in Thika. Photo/MATHEW NDUNG’U

Mathew Ndung’u @PeopleDailyKe

Politicians have accused the police of shielding members of a public service vehicles sacco accused of killing a Gatuanyaga MCA aspirant in the August election. Joseph Kiarie, who unsuccessfully vied for MCA seat was allegedly brutally murdered by Marimba Investment Sacco matatu crew on December 24 and laid to rest yesterday in Komo village, Kiambu county.

Former presidential candidate Ekuru Aukot, Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange and area MCA Joseph Kahira joined the family in pushing the government to pursue suspects of the heinous crime and serve justice to the family.

Aukot accused police of laxity in “arresting the murderers” who he said were being covered by senior police officers and who he linked to the ownership of the sacco. He decried that indiscipline among matatu operators had augmented calling on the government to crack the whip.

Aukot promised to provide the family with legal services to ensure that justice is served as he advised against police taking part in matatu business. “The death of Kiarie is a crime of murder. I don’t understand why those criminals are not in Kamiti (prison) by now,” he said.

“Police should not be in matatu business. We know the owners of Marimba Sacco and we ask the government to enforce the law and ensure Kiarie’s murder does not go unpunished,” said Aukot. The 33-year-old is reported to have been attacked by touts and drivers of a matatu belonging to the sacco following a freak accident in Zimmerman area, Nairobi.

He died moments later after he was rushed to Neema Uhai Hospital for emergency treatment. National Transport Safety and Authority (NTSA) has since suspended the operator’s licence of the sacco. The authority director general Francis Meja said the ban will be lifted only after the sacco complied with four conditions issued by the authority.

They include cooperation with the police in investigations that will lead to the arrest of the crew involved. The sacco was also ordered to present certificates of good conduct for all its crew obtained from the date of the suspension.