Parents of a slain young man seek justice

Parents of a Murang’a family are seeking for justice following the killing of a 24 year old man by guards of a multi-national company.

Joseph Ndung’u died on Saturday while undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital where he was referred to from Maragua hospital where he was rushed after he was brutally assaulted by Kakuzi Limited guards on Tuesday last week.

And now residents of Thangira village in Murang’a County where the deceased hailed are baying for the blood of guards even as they accuse police of failing to arrest the suspects.

Ndung’u’s mother, Nancy Wanjiru claimed police were yet to commence investigations despite the family having reported the matter at Makuyu police station shortly after Ndung’u was assaulted and left for dead in the company’s pineapple plantation.

I want justice done to my son as the guards terrorize the villagers under the guise of pursuing gangs that steal pineapples from Kakuzi plantations, said Wanjiru.

A village elder, Peter Kaburi questioned why the police have delayed to take action on the merciless guards. I would like the government to establish why cases concerning the multinational are ignored.

The guards are main suspects why have they not been arrested pending investigations, said Kaburi adding that the matter was taken lightly by police assigned to conduct investigations.

Two years ago, two Murang’a based journalists were clobbered by Kakuzi guards when they were covering a demonstration over alleged plan by the company to grab part of a local public school land to plant macadamia nuts.

The Murang’a South OCPD, John Onditi said detectives were awaiting postmortem report to shed light on possible cause of death.

The police, he said, received two theories that the deceased was injured after he fell down from a fruit tree.

Report obtained by police from the guards indicates that the deceased was left behind when his accomplices fled after they were cornered at the section they were harvesting fruits.

The postmortem report would help unearth what caused death of the 24 year old, said Onditi.

Source: Kenya News Agency