Top Kenyan official now dies after shooting

July 9, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9 – Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary Kinuthia Murugu who was admitted to the Nairobi hospital following a shooting incident three weeks ago has died.

Hospital sources told Capital News that the former PS succumbed to the injuries at 3.35 am while at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Government Spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua later said the government was saddened by the death.

"The Govt is sad to announce that PS Murugu succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 3:35 am this morning (Thursday) at Nairobi hospital. May the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace," he said in a statement.

Mr Murugu was shot by gangsters who accosted him on Muringa road in the upmarket Kilimani area three weeks ago.

Police said that the PS was shot after he allegedly tried to reverse his vehicle to escape the gang that had waylaid him.

"The suspects then opened fire, wounding him on the shoulder and made his vehicle to land in a ditch," Deputy Police Spokesman Charles Owino said.

He has since remained in the ICU after undergoing an operation to remove a bullet that was lodged in his body.

Carjackings have been on the rise in the city in the recent past.

On June 9, Khwisero MP Evans Bulimo Akula was carjacked and robbed but was later freed unharmed after a three-hour ordeal.

He described the crime to Capital News as "the worst incident in his life" but said he was lucky to be alive for cooperating with the heavily armed gangsters.

The lawmaker said he was attacked as he was about to enter his compound on Rhapta Road at about 11 pm.

"When they asked for money, I said I could get them Sh50,000 and that was what was in the ATM. They stopped the vehicle and one of them asked for my PIN and went to the cash point," he said.

"That is what saved me because when they got the money, they drove to Upper Hill and said it was a convenient location to abandon me," he said.

The MP’s vehicle was recovered the next day at Kamai area in Kahawa West.

No arrests have been made yet.


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