Kenyan lecturer shot dead

June 18, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – Kenyatta University Lecturer Professor Peter Francis Kenya was shot dead by gangsters in Nairobi’s Kamiti area on Wednesday outside his gate at Maziwa Area, police and witnesses said.

A night guard Ole Kelami Melau said he was just about to open the gate when a saloon car pulled up behind Prof Kenya’s four-wheel drive vehicle.

“Three gangsters immediately emerged and ordered me to lie down. One of them went on to attack a neighbour while the other came for Prof,” Melau said.

“I heard one of them ordering Prof to open his vehicle, but he did not. He was hooting continuously. That is when the third man in the car ordered that Prof be shot,” he added.

“Wewe unangoja nini bwana? Piga yeye (what are you waiting for, shoot him),” the guard said, quoting one of the thugs who spoke in Kiswahili.

He recalled hearing a gun shot before the thugs drove off.
The victim was immediately rushed to the Guru Nanak hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Prof Kenya’s son Tedd told Capital News he was telephoned at about 11 pm and informed that his father had been shot.

“When I received the call, I rushed to hospital and found him already dead. I can not believe my father is dead,” he said.

But Prof Kenya was not the only one at the mercy of the thugs that night. The Kenya’s neighbour was also waylaid by the group and bundled into a car. “They did not go far with him because they threw him out of the vehicle a few metres from our gate,” the guard said.

Another victim of the attack was a female motorist. “The vehicle the gangsters were using was stolen because the owner was inside. I saw a woman inside the vehicle and she kept pleading with them,” the guard continued.

Prof Kenya was a renowned lecturer who contested unsuccessfully for the Kisumu Rural constituency in the last General Election. His body now lies at the Thika Road Funeral Home mortuary within the university he served.

Police said they had not arrested any of the late Prof’s killers.

“No suspect has been arrested but investigations have been launched. We are following very crucial leads,” Kasarani Divisional Police chief Jasper Ombati said.


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