The civil society, community based organizations and the NGO council of Kenya have joined the US, UK, Canada and Denmark embassies in condemning the brutal slaying of Kenyan conservationist M/S Joannah Stutchbury at her Kiambu forest home.
In a strong statement, NGO council chairman Mr. Stephen Cheboi said the murder and recent grisly killings of children were ünacceptable” for a country that cherishes rule of law and peaceful co-existence of all people in society.
Cheboi challenged to save innocent Kenyans from sadistic brutal killers saying no one is safe until they are arrested and charged in court.
The US, UK, Canada and Denmark embassies in Nairobi have also condemned the killing of the conservationist and called for thorough investigations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to punish the killers saying “”no stone would be left un-turned”” until the killers are found.
The elderly British born conservationist was shot dead outside her home on the edge of Nairobi on Thursday afternoon days after she tweeted that her life was in danger from people who wanted to build a road through her fenced forest home which she refused.
Journalists for a Clean Environment in Kenya lobby has also condemned the killing saying it was “patently manifest” that the killers are after the forest land the lady has kept ‘green”for decades.
In a press statement the lobby group national co-ordinator Mr. James Wafula said all Kenyans of goodwill condemned the murder like that of abducted children. Wafula said citizens owe posterity a a clean environment guaranted by “forest cover” for which the slain conservationist had worked tirelessly for decades.
Cheboi said the killing that follow other grisly murders that have rocked the country are alarming because when killers kill and walk away unpunished, everyone has cause to worry. He said it could no longer be business as usual when innocent Kenyans are being killed in cold blood.
Union of Kenya civil servants secretary general Mr. Tom Mboya Odege also condemned the killings blaming “primitive racists”for targeting the environmentalist to “grab”her forest land in broad daylight.”
Odege, who is Nyatike MP and aspiring Migori governor challenged security agencies to get to the bottom of the killings including that of 12 abducted children saying Kenya was fast becoming a land of “mysterious murders”that go unresolved and the killers unpunished!
President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to find the killers of Stutchbury and punish them severely.
President Uhuru said his government would 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”.
The 67-year-old environmental conservationist, was greatly respected for her unrelenting crusade to preserve the vast Kiambu forest where she built her home.
She had accused a senior local politician of threatening her after she refused to allow construction of a road through the forest.