Meru leaders demand swift action in George Kaliunga’s killing investigation
BY Wanja Waweru
Meru leaders are seeking prompt investigations into the murder of former Antubetwe MCA George Kaliunga, who was killed a few weeks ago while hunting stolen goats, and the arrest of six people believed to be significant participants.
The leaders claim that despite an order from Interior CS Kithure Kindiki, the government appears to be moving slowly to look into and detain the individuals. They are now threatening to arm the locals so they can fight off bandits.
The accused are thought to have fled after perpetrating the crime under the direction of Julius Taitumu, a member of parliament for Igembe North. According to Taitumu, the government is required to find them and prosecute them in whatever way possible. Despite the relocation of the OCPD and the OCS, he continued, to various stations in the country, they also need to be investigated, as they were with the deceased during that fateful morning when the incident occurred.
Tigania East MP Mpuri Aburi reiterated that the officers need to be arrested and, if found guilty, taken to Maua Law Court for charges.
“We are telling the government there is no need to fight, but the OCPD, OCS, chiefs, and sub-chief who were named to be with the deceased at the time of killing be investigated and taken to Maua law court, not in Nairobi nor their home place,” said Mpuri. Former Igembe North MP Maoka Maore said that the government should not spare the criminals and they should deal with them and treat them for what they are.
Meru Deputy Governor Isaac Mutuma said that the Meru community is tired of being terrorized by bandits and they no longer need empty promises from the government; it’s time for quick action.
“The way CS Kindiki is fighting in Baringo, Pokot, and Shakahola, we need that machinery to be brought to Meru so that we can have peace here,” Mutuma said. He added that if the government cannot protect its people, they have the capability and capacity of protecting themselves.
Kaliunga left behind 5 wives and 11 children.