Details continue to emerge between Bahati Member of Parliament, Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri , and the murdered prominent environmentalist, Joannah Stutchbury.
Detectives are now treating Ngunjiri as a person of interest in the matter.
Environmental Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko, told the Senate Security Committee on Tuesday, October 26, that Stutchbury was murdered over her relentless efforts to conserve the environment.
CS Tobiko in his submissionmade a reference to a case before the Kiambu Courtthat linked a company in which the vocal MP is the director. In the case, the CS stated that the environmentalist managed to stop the MP from creating an access road through the forest to his personal land. He noted that the MP needs to be probed regarding the matter.
“The 2nd respondent (Stutchbury) using the 1st respondent (Kenya Forest Service) as her agents have inhibited, stopped and/or frustrated the applicant’s effort of clearing and upgrading the public access road,” part of the affidavit read.
The detectives are hence pegging on the well-documented confrontation between Stutchbury and Ngunjiri to treat the MP as a person of interest.
Tobiko, however, noted that the government has made efforts towards preserving the Kiambu forest.
Ngunjiri has, however, not yet responded to the allegations raised by CS Tobikolinking him to the murder of the conservationist.
In a macabre murder, unknown assassins took the life of Stutchbury.
An autopsy done on her body showed that the 64-year-old woman was hit in the head three times and six times in the head and upper limbs.
She was attacked on July 15 about 150 meters from her home in Mushroom Gardens Estate, Kiambu County as she returned from lunch. Nothing was stolen.
President Uhuru Kenyatta called for speedy investigation into the murder of the conservationist.
“We will not allow a few misguided individuals to continue shedding the blood of innocent people working hard to make Kenya a better place for all of us. Those are cowardly enemies of our country.”
“It is very sad, unfortunate, and regrettable that bad people have senselessly taken away the life of Joannah Stutchbury in such a senseless manner,” part of Uhuru’s statement read.
Sourced from Kenyans.co.ke