THE family of former Kitui North MP Philip Mutisya Manandu who was gunned down by an administration police officer 27 years ago wants the government to dig out the truth and make it public. The former MP's widow Rose Muliwa and his 42-year-old son Muthami said they highly suspect government operators' collusion in the killing of Manandu. The former MP was spread with bullets alongside three of his henchmen outside his Binisa bar at Tseikuru market in Kitui county.
Shortly after the shooting on the evening of January 17, 1985 that left the entire Kitui North (now Mwingi North) constituency shaken, the killer policeman took his life with the same gun. Inspector David Mulandi who visited the scene confirmed yesterday that the policeman shot himself dead. "When I led 20 heavily armed police officers to the chief's camp where he was holed up after committing the murder, he opened fire leading to a fierce exchange. However, when he realised he had been subdued, he took his own life," said Mulandi who was at the time the area OCS.
At the weekend Muliwa and her son (Muthami) who at the age of 15 had the traumatising experience of witnessing his father collapse under a hail of bullets, said they believe obvious efforts to cover the truth about the murder were suspect. They questioned why the government did not initiate investigations and make public the truth about the killing.
Speaking separately to the Star at their Kaningo village home Musavani division of Tseikuru district in Mwingi North constituency on Sunday, the duo insisted that the late MP's killing was an assassination. This Saturday the first ever memorial service for the late MP will be held at his home. They said until the government conducts an inquiry to bring out the truth, their take is that some prominent politicians and members of the provincial administration were behind the MP's murder. Muliwa said family members and close friends believed he was assassinated for either blocking the eviction of squatters from Nzalae area in present day Migwani district or for his political popularity that made it difficult for political rivals to unseat him in polls.