The Star (Nairobi)

3 October 2012

Kenya: I Know Nothing on Mercy Keino Death, Says Kabogo

Juja MP William Kabogo has said the ongoing inquest into the death of University of Nairobi student Mercy Keino will not affect his bid for the Kiambu governor seat.

He denied involvement in the death saying it was a coincidence that he and the student, who was found dead on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi, met at a party at the Wasini Luxury Homes.

Kabogo, was speaking on the NTV's county edition on Sunday, said the matter does not weigh him down as an aspirant for governor's post. The MP denied being investigation saying he will give evidence just like others have done to establish what killed Keino.

"It does not weigh me down at all for those who understand the matter. But it is a simple issue of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. I was in a pub like anybody else and the lady was there with other girls," said the MP.

"She had one too many drinks and then unfortunately she went and passed on. It's not really a matter of integrity, but if it's a matter of integrity of going into a pub, then I will say I am guilty as charged."

He said the matter is in the public domain and scrutiny adding that investigations by the police and Director of Public Prosecution will not link him with Keino's death. Kabogo said the DPP and police opened an inquest into Keino's death after failing to make headway in the investigations. "They opened a public inquiry where anybody with information to help the government understand how this girl died can come forward," he added.

The MP denied ever meeting Keino before that evening saying he did not know her and neither could he have recognised her if met her the following morning.

He appealed to Kenyans to elect leaders with integrity and vision, especially as we head to general election adding that the people of Kiambu should not elect corrupt leaders for leadership.

"One should have a very serious role to play, leaders should be of high moral and as the executive in the County assembly one should be able to be cautious on budget and things are taken care of and provided within the national budget. People should be able to feel comfortable and ask ourselves what our children learn from us," he said.

"I did not know her at all and I had met her for two minutes just like the way I am seeing here and there are a couple of ladies, beautiful ones and we decide to go and socialize and two minutes later she is gone for good," said Kabogo.

He added, "I am very sorry and wish to tell the people of Kenya if they have to drink, they should do it responsibility."

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