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Woman seeks justice for daughter who died after injuries by police in Lamu

Mrs Mariam Njeri Njuguna (left), the mother of Ms Margaret Njeri, and a relative, mourn the death of her daughter who succumbed to injuries inflicted on January 17 when a police officer attempted to stop a boda boda she was riding on

Mrs Mariam Njeri Njuguna (left), the mother of Ms Margaret Njeri, and a relative, mourn the death of her daughter who succumbed to injuries inflicted on January 17 when a police officer attempted to stop a boda boda she was riding on

The mother to the 22-year-old woman from Mpeketoni who died Saturday as a result of injuries reportedly inflicted by a policeman has appealed for justice from the State.

Ms Margaret Njeri who was seriously injured on January 17, 2015 when a policeman tried to force a boda boda rider to stop succumbed to her injuries.

Her mother has now made an appeal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to help her get justice.

Speaking to the Nation at Pandya Hospital in Mombasa, Mrs Mariam Njeri Njuguna urged the President to intervene and help her settle the hospital bill that has risen to Sh2 million since January 18 when Ms Njeri was admitted to hospital.

Mrs Njuguna who has been at her daughter’s side until her death said the three doctors who were attending to her daughter did their best to save her.

She said her daughter had plans to study law as she had completed her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam in 2013.

“We were hoping that by April, she would have joined university and study law and she was even working at George Wakahiu Advocates, a law firm in Mpeketoni as she waited for dream to come true.

“Unfortunately the unexpected happened which led to her long journey here at Pandya until her death. The extent of the head injury was so severe and the doctors did their best but we had to accept God’s will,” she said.

FINISHED SCHOOL IN 2013

Ms Njeri at a Mombasa beach in December 2014. She died Saturday February 28 at Pandya Hospital

Ms Njeri at a Mombasa beach in December 2014. She died Saturday February 28 at Pandya Hospital

Ms Njeri, who was the third born in the family, finished high school in 2013 and was working as a secretary at the law firm.

She was so full of life having celebrated her 22nd birthday on January 15 just two days before the accident.

Mrs Njuguna told the Nation that since her husband’s death in 2009, her four children had been getting assistance from the Catholic Church in Mpeketoni.

She however said she will be at rest if only she got a chance to meet the officer who was responsible for her daughter’s fatal injuries.

“I want the security agents to now deal with the officer responsible for her death; he is well known. All I want is that he faces justice.

“We are done with Maggy’s journey (on earth), I want us to start her journey to justice,” she said.

The mother wants the officer to come forward apologise to the family.

She said since her daughter’s injury, she has longed to meet the officer in person as she had something to say to him.

The family now says they are not content with the manner in which the police are carrying investigations into the matter and want the law to take its course.

WAITING FOR DPP TO ACT

Through their lawyer George Wakahiu, who was also Njeri’s boss, the family is waiting on the Director of Public Prosecutions to advice on the matter as in February, the DPP through the Lamu office said no action would be taken until they got the victim’s statement.

“The woman’s condition was critical and now she has succumbed to injuries. Will we still wait for the victim’s statement for the case to proceed? When will this ‘investigations are ongoing’ business stop?” Mr Wakahiu queried.

While in Mombasa for police vetting, National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the commission exists to ensure that police officers carry out their functions while respecting the rights of the people adding that they would not sit back and see those rights dragged through the mud.

“We want to take disciplinary action which follows due process; we cannot take action against the officer now until the process is concluded. It is only then that we will see justice done in regard to the injured woman and also to the officer alleged to have committed the offence,” Mr Kavuludi added.

Police spokesperson Masoud Mwinyi had earlier indicated that the matter was under internal investigations and hoped that it would be handled in a proper manner.

“The matter was with the Internal Affairs Unit but you must be assured that it is nothing that the police will sit on and set aside.

“We are not ready to see our officers breaking the laws they are supposed to be upholding or harming the same people they should be protecting and we don’t want a scenario where people get away with all manner of acts of indiscipline.

“I believe the IAU will definitely come out with appropriate recommendations,” Mr Mwinyi said.

He however faulted the boda boda rider for failing to stop resulting to the accident.

Outrage after woman in police-boda boda drama dies in hospital

Ms Margaret Njeri being attended to by her sister Mrs Anne Njuguna at Pandya Hospital in Mombasa.

Ms Margaret Njeri being attended to by her sister Mrs Anne Njuguna at Pandya Hospital in Mombasa.

Outrage has greeted the death of a woman who was seriously injured when a police officer tried to stop the rider of a boda boda she was riding on.

Ms Margaret Njeri died Saturday evening at the Pandya Hospital in Mombasa where she has been admitted since the January 17 accident.

Sunday, Lamu Governor Issa Timamy vowed to ensure that justice is done adding that he was aware the offending officer had been moved from Mpeketoni Sub County to Kizingitini Police Station in Lamu East.

Mr Timamy, urged the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to investigate and prosecute the officer.

“Using the butt of your gun to beat a citizen shows irresponsibility of the highest order.

“The police are meant to protect the citizens and not harm them. I will follow up on this matter and ensure justice prevails,” said Mr Timamy.

Lamu West MP Juilus Ndegwa said he was not satisfied with the manner in which the police were handling the matter.

INTERDICT POLICE OFFICER

Mr Ndegwa demanded that the officer be interdicted immediately, investigated and charged.

“We cannot let such inhumanity be done to our people. Why cause such pain and death to an innocent woman? The officer who did this should not be working in the first place. The lady has now died. Let investigations be done or else I will pursue the matter myself,” said Mr Ndegwa.

Lamu human rights campaigner Mr Julius Kimotho blamed the government for being silent on the matter.

Mr Kimotho said he will mobilize the community in Mpeketoni and the entire Lamu County and move to court this week to seek justice for Njeri’s death.

“I urge the police department to take immediate action against this officer. If this will not have been done by tomorrow (Monday), I will mobilize the community and head to court. We want justice; being silent on the part of the government is not right,” said Mr Kimotho.

Lamu Youth Alliance Chairperson Mr Walid Ahmed said it was improper for the police officer to continue working despite the fact that he has committed a crime.

Alexander Mutua, a Mpeketoni activist said they will organise peaceful demonstrations this week to have their cry of justice heard.

Mr Ibrahim Shahibu, the Chairman of the Lamu West Interfaith Forum condemned the move by the area police bosses to transfer the said police officer to Kizingitini in Lamu East Sub County instead of taking legal action against him.

“If the police can’t pursue this matter well, then let IPOA intervene, investigate and come up with a conclusive report. We want the culprit to be brought to book,” said Mr Shahibu.

Pastor Jacob Muroki of the Christ Exulted Church in Lamu Island condemned the act by the police calling it inhumane.

Lawyer George Wakahiu who was also Njeri’s boss said he had already written to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on February 9 and what they were waiting for was for Njeri to get well before they could proceed with the case.

“The lady has now died. What I ask is for the police to prosecute the officer. If this will not have been done by tomorrow, then I will go to the DPPs office myself. We want justice,” said Mr Wakahiu.

-Nation.co.ke

 

 

 

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