Veteran lecturer shot dead in Nairobi

April 11, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – Mystery surrounds the murder of a veteran journalism lecturer in Nairobi early Saturday morning.

The body of David Kamau was found lying outside a bar in Kabete location next to Kingeero police post after a confrontation with suspected robbers.

His son Phillip Kariuki said he had called him moments before he died, warning him that he had heard gunshots in the area and that it was not safe.

“At around midnight I heard four gunshots and called him to warn him the area was not safe and that he should take care” he said.

According to Mr Kariuki, his father who was at a nearby bar told him he was to come home shortly.

“When I heard a single gunshot later on, I didn’t bother calling him because I knew he was fine but when he didn’t come home is when I started panicking,” he said.

“I later learnt that the single shot was aimed at my dad. His friends rushed him to Thogoto Hospital but by then it was too late and he was declared dead on arrival,” he narrated.

Witnesses said the gang pounced on the deceased as he was about to board a taxi home.

“They jumped on him and forced him to lie down then they robbed him. When they were done with him they shot him in cold blood,” one of the witnesses said.

Area residents said they were concerned on the deteriorating security and urged police to beef up security.

“These criminals are so daring nowadays and you can see that they committed a crime a few meters from a police station,” a resident said.

Mr Kamau had been a part time Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Nairobi and Head of the Communications Department at Australian Studies Institute in Nairobi before his death. He served as a senior lecturer for many years at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication before he retired.

According to close family and friends, the deceased was a jovial man, cracking jokes often and was always ready to offer assistance when need be.

“He wanted to make everyone around him happy and we are thus baffled that anyone would want to kill him,” a friend said.

Police have launched investigations into the murder.


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