The Star (Nairobi)

30 November 2012

Kenya: ODM Aspirant Survivor of Police Bullets Lashes Out at DC

ODM parliamentary aspirant in Mwingi Zippora Mueni, who last weekend survived a fierce gun attack by Kyuso police officers, has hit out at the DC for telling untruths about the incident.

Mueni who is running for the Mwingi North seat is angry the DC Peter Maina misled the public that the police shot at her vehicle 37 times because her driver Antony Gichuki, ignored a police order to stop. The shooting took place at Nguni town and she was with her security aide Mbiti Mboko and a blind passenger Kakundi Ngara.

"The statement by the DC that my driver defied police orders to stop at a roadblock is totally false and baseless," said a fuming Mueni. "It is unfortunate that the DC, who is the head of the District Security Committee, has jumped the gun instead of conducting a thorough investigation."

The DC was quoted to have made the remarks in the Daily Nation, November 27.

"I don't want to imagine that state agents could be part of the people planning to eliminate me," said Mueni. "When a senior government officer tells a blatant lie, what should I think of him?

The aspirant called on the DC to withdraw his remarks and apologise to her.

Mueni emailed a hard-hitting statement to the media yesterday and said the DC's remarks, "in my view amounts to a cover-up attempt to protect the police officers who shot and seriously injured innocent people without provocation."

She said contrary to the DC's allegations, the police shot at her car when it had already stopped. Mueni said she recorded statements as proof that the car was stationary and that witnesses could attest to the same.

"Thirty of the 37 bullet holes in the car were clearly fired through the windscreen and front side," said the aspirant. "The photographs taken by the scene of the crime officers from Embu and Kitui should help refresh the DC's memory."

Mueni further alleged that not only did the policemen shot at her car injuring two of her passengers, but they also man-handled her. "The officer-in-charge of the group dressed in civilian clothes kicked me several times and hit me with the butt of his pistol, asking me to say my last prayers."

As she called for independent investigations into the shooting incidents, she cast doubt whether the DC Kyus would lead any credible probe going by his utterances.

Mueni and her mother Rose Mutisya escaped death by whisker last Saturday night when policemen led by Kyuso deputy OCPD opened fire at her as She came from a ODM rally at Kyuso town badly injuring two of her aides.

DC Peter Maina who chairs the Kyuso district security committees regretted the incident but said police officer who had laid an ambush who a get-away car used by robber who had killed a trader in Kyuso, mistook the politicians car as that of the robbers.

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