NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – Those aware of what happened on Tuesday morning are only talking in low tones as they point at the scene where four guards were slashed to death and others seriously injured in Ngara, Nairobi.
Though still grief-stricken, the other guards who man the plot which is in dispute between a group of mechanics and a city mosque reported to work even as they mourn their colleagues.
“Most people passing by this place are worried…I know some are wondering how we are still here,” one of the guards said, as he said the desire of colleagues and families of the victims is justice.
A relative of one the slain guards spoke to Capital FM News of the anguish of losing a bread winner in such a horrific manner. Our crew found the guards in a discussion about how to break the news to the widow of one of their murdered colleagues.
“It’s almost 24 hours after the incident and the widow is not aware… you are the one who brought him (the killed guard) here, call her,” one of the guards said, declining to reveal his name.
Another guard who also wished to remain anonymous narrated the fateful day’s ordeal.
“We normally work in shifts of more than 15 guards during the night… it’s normal that guards and police are very active across the night but at around 5am you become relaxed,” he explained.
“That could have been the reason why the attackers decided to come at that hour; the guards were relaxed by then. They however fought back… they could have been all wiped out.”
The plot borders Murang’a Road Secondary school, a hawkers’ market and an open yard which is used by mechanics.
It is also a few kilometres from the Central Police station, raising questions how gang of about 30 people could have been ferried there, engage in a battle with the guards without alarm being raised with the police.
Police however have initiated investigations though no person had since been arrested by Wednesday.
Starehe Divisional Police Chief Barasa Wabomba says the police will interrogate all those involved in a bid to find those behind the killings.
“This is a brutal and heinous act… any information given will be treated as confidential and if it can help arrest these attackers, that could really help our investigations and the country,” he appealed.
He said the motive of the killings was yet to be established saying they were also seeking information from the owners of the plot.
Other than terror attacks, the city has been hit by wave of crime which prompted the government to start the Usalama Watch operation in a bid to control the situation.