The Star (Nairobi)

20 June 2014

Kenya: Survivor Tells How He Escaped Death

A middle-aged-man yesterday narrated how he witnessed his two brothers being murdered by thugs who attacked Mpeketoni town on Sunday night.

John Waweru, 28, believes he is still alive by the mere Grace of God. He says he saw all that the gunmen did to his brothers and says that he is still bitter about it.

Waweru who hails from Kibaoni village where nine people were killed in Sunday's incident says he remembers every detail of the killings when the thugs raided their home that evening.

He says all this time, he was relaxing with several of his friends who were also killed during the raid.

"We saw a vehicle pull up abruptly in front of our house and could also hear gunshots in the air. I jumped into the house and immediately turned off the lights. My brother Paul Kinyua got out and before he could even speak was shot several times in the head as I peeped through the window. After that they broke the door to my brother John Karuiki's house and I saw them take out his wife and child. They then shot my brother and commanded my sister-in-law to go back to sleep," Waweru narrated.

He said it's only God who saved him from the barrel of the gun that black Sunday.

"When I saw what had happened to my brothers, I kept still in my house. My in-law joined me some time later. All this while gun shots were being heard all over. I could see more than seven thugs still outside. Out of fear my in-law told me that we should go out and surrender but I told her we would rather die in the house than go outside. That is how we survived," said Waweru.

He said most of the thugs were speaking Somali. He said it would be better for the government to provide them with adequate security since what they witnessed was more like a second hell here on earth.

"Those people were so brutal, so heartless. I could see it in their actions and even words. Whether I can be able to forget all this remains an impossibility," added Waweru.

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