News 2008


Police urged to solve Were murder

Daily Nation


15. 02. 2008

National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende has appealed to all security agents to put their act together to assure Kenyans of safety.

Kenyans would no longer tolerate the insecurity witnessed in the recent past, Mr Marende said as he asked the police to act promptly.

“The security forces must ensure Kenyans have security instead of being trigger-happy and doing the opposite of what is expected of them,” he said Thursday at Holy Family Basilica.

He was speaking at the requiem Mass for Embakasi MP Melitus Mugabe Were, who was killed about a fortnight ago.

Saying that the recently witnessed “madness” must stop, the Speaker called on the police to conclude investigations into Mr Were’s killing as well as that of Ainamoi MP David Too.

“The killers and their motives have to be established. Justice must be done and quickly at that,” he said.

Mr Were was shot dead on January 29, outside his Woodley house at about 12.30am. He is survived by three wives, Maria Palma, Simonetta Dalla Gassa and Agnes Wairimu and five children.

His body will be flown to his Bulemia home Friday, for the burial that will take place Saturday.

Fr Wesonga Maloba prayed for forgiveness of all those involved in the murder, saying the deaths witnessed so far should unite the country.

South Mogirango MP Omingo Magara, who spoke on behalf of ODM, said Kenya had lost a wonderful man.

Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba appealed to the people of Embakasi to defeat the machinations of those who thought by killing Mr Were, his vision for change would die.

“As a party, we will work with you to ensure that the Embakasi seat remains in ODM,” he announced.

Westlands MP Fred Gumo criticised the police for taking too long to investigate the killing.

“The police should have solved the murder by now. Otherwise there is no reason in having the intelligence. How can we lose two MPs in a month?

“The Government should finalise investigations and bring the assailants to book sooner rather than later,” he said.