NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 27 – The father of the late Monica Kimani who was murdered at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani area says he has forgiven her killers, during an emotional requiem mass held at the family’s home in Thika.
In a moving tribute on Thursday, Reverend Paul Ngarama said he still wants to know who killed his 28-year-old daughter and why, but will pray for them.
“It has been one week. Even as we have a memorial service for you, I still can’t believe that you are gone Monica. I keep looking at the door, hoping that at any given moment, you will walk right in and say hi Dad. I am here still waiting for you,” he stated.
“For sure Monica, you may not return to me, it is me to come where you are. I have learnt to forgive.”
He recalled his last moments with Monica, and even revealed her promise to buy him a Toyota Landcruiser V8.
“You bought our mum a Subaru Impreza last week. We celebrated, and you promised me a V8 land cruiser as your birth day as a surprise. I am still waiting. A daughter of a barber to an MD of a family company,” he said. “I know the UAP contract is ending in South Sudan Juba, but I know it will not stop your spirit from buying me a V8 Land Cruiser.”
Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu who attended the mass called for tougher laws for capital offences, while discouraging bail granted to murder suspects.
“I want to request those who are in Parliament today I want to request them to change the law so that anyone facing murder charges are denied bond. They are never to be let go at all. Imagine meeting someone like that on the streets, the psychological trauma one would experience,” he stated.
A boyfriend of Citizen TV Presenter Jacque Maribe is in custody over the murder and police have been granted ten days to complete the probe before he can formally plead.
Scenes of Crimes personnel from the DCI headquarters dusted a car belonging to Maribe for evidence in the murder of Monica.
The Toyota Allion vehicle was impounded and taken to Kilimani Police station because it is the one Maribe’s fiance Joseph Irungu alias Jowie used on the fateful night, when he is accused to have killed the woman.
Police in Kilimani also confirmed that Maribe has been summoned to record a statement in which she is required to clarify some issues based on what the suspect told the police.
Police said that they are not treating Maribe as a suspect in the murder, but are interested to get more information from her on the shooting her boyfriend claims occurred in their house in Lang’ata or outside the compound, a day after the woman was killed.
Irungu was arraigned in court on Wednesday and police have been given ten days to complete the investigation.