Thika tu­tors protest killing of a teacher

Po­lice say six ‘cul­prits’ ar­rested in case

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - JOHN KAMAU @jaykayGm

Mem­bers of the Knut Thika branch to­day will take to the streets to protest against the killing of their col­league on Sun­day.

John Mwangi was shot dead when chaos erupted af­ter a music ex­trav­a­ganza at­tended by Ki­ambu Gov­er­nor Wil­liam Kabogo and Mu­rang’a’s Mwangi Wairia. He was a maths teacher at Thika Bar­racks Pri­mary School.

“The po­lice have 24 hours to say who shot our col­league, whether it’s a po­lice of­fi­cer or a civil­ian. Else we take to the streets Thurs­day to de­mand jus­tice for our fallen col­league,” Thika Knut ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary Joe Mun­gai said.

He spoke at Gen­eral Kago Fu­neral Home af­ter view­ing Mwangi’s body on Tues­day. Mun­gai crit­i­cised the po- lice for be­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble by us­ing live bul­lets in­stead of rub­ber ones to dis­perse the crowd. Doc­tors said Mwangi died of a gun­shot wound. “The teacher had some doc­u­ments and a Bi­ble with him when he was shot, which clearly in­di­cated that he was not a pick­pocket. The po­lice’s pri­or­ity was to run af­ter rowdy youth in­stead of rush­ing our col­league to hospi­tal to try and save his life,” he said.

But Thika OCPD Eras­tus Muthamia de­fended his of­fi­cers, say­ing they did not use live bul­lets.

“The whole sce­nario is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and we’ll soon as­cer­tain whether it’s the goons who were mug­ging res­i­dents who had a ri­fle. We’ve ar­rested six cul­prits,” Muthamia said.

Mun­gai urged Ed­u­ca­tion Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Fred Ma­tiang’i and TSC to en­sure jus­tice is done for the de­voted teacher.

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