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Kitui rivals united in grief, press county for compensation

The driver of the fire engine was trying to scare away the protesters who wanted to set a county vehicle ablaze before tragedy struck. The lot, which barricaded roads leading to the market, accused Governor Malombe’s government of illegally demolishing a source of their livelihood.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 17 Dec 2016 17:36 EAT

Kitui gubernatorial rivals David Musila and Charity Kaluki today united in grief and called on national government to probe the circumstances leading to the death of former mayor Matha Mwangangi in Friday's riots in Kitui Town. They termed the death unfortunate and said it needed thorough investigations. In a joint statement they released in Kitui town, the two at the same time condemned the demolition of structures owned by small traders in Kalundu market within the precincts of Kitui town which prompted the owners to protest.

“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the untimely death of the former Kitui mayor Martha Mwangangi. We urge the National government to launch investigations to establish the circumstances leading to her untimely death”, the two leaders said in a joint statement. The leaders demanded that the late mayor's family be compensated for the death. They announced that they would meet next Monday with all traders whose structures were flattened on Thursday night, leading rise to the Friday riots.

Meanwhile, the driver of the fire engine that run over Ms Mwangangi will face charges of causing death by careless driving, security officials at the county said today. Kitui county commissioner Boaz Cherutich said that John Nzuki will be taken to court on Monday to face the the charge.

Mr Nzuki was arrested at Kitui Ginnery soon after the Friday incident and is being detained at Kitui Police Station awaiting the scheduled court appearance. "The suspect has already recorded statement and will spend the weekend in the police cells awaiting to be arraigned in court on Monday," said Mr Cherutich.

The administrator said he had directed that an in-depth investigation be conducted to establish the circumstances under which the ex-mayor died. He said no trader committed suicide following the demolition, asking those with any information on the same to share with the police. "The matter is still being treated as rumors until proven," he said.

Ms Ngilu narrowly escaped death at the time the engine that ploughed into protesters crushed the late Mwangangi. The two were leading protests against the demolition of kiosks at Kalundu Market. The demolition was ordered by Governor Julius Malombe.

The driver of the fire engine was trying to scare away the protesters who wanted to set a county vehicle ablaze before tragedy struck. The lot, which barricaded roads leading to the market, accused Governor Malombe’s government of illegally demolishing a source of their livelihood.

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