The Star (Nairobi)

24 August 2014

Kenya: Murang'a Matatu Boss Shot Dead in Cold Blood

Panic gripped Murang'a town on Saturday night after a matatu Sacco chairman was shot dead in cold blood.

The killing is perceived to be a business rivalry in the transport sector plying along Murang'a- Nairobi highway.

The late Simon Gachathi died on the spot after a gun man riding on a motor cycle shot him four times while he was alighting from his car near total petrol station in Murang'a town.

Murang'a county police commander Naomi Ichami said the police are investigating the motive saying the killers was riding on a motor cycle.

"The body had more than four bullets but the police will visit the scene to collect more information with a view of establishing number of bullets used to kill him," said Ichami.

The Death of Murang'a Supreme Shuttle official comes at time other players have opposed reduced fares to Nairobi a move commuters have hailed.

The incident occurred barely a day after the Sacco was ordered to relocate to the Murang'a terminus after other Saccos complained of unfair completion.

Hundreds of residents including the drivers and officials of the Sacco thronged to Murang'a District Hospital Causality department to help identify the body which was pronounced dead on arrival.

Ichami urged members of the public to help the police reveal the motive of the incidents. The residents left pre of Murang'a district hospital after the body was moved to the mortuary for preservation.

Following the incident angry matatu drivers and residents of Murang'a held demonstrations to condemn the incident.

The protesters matched the streets of Murang'a calling up the security agents to carry out speedy investigations and nab the assailants.

Meanwhile leaders led by Ahadi Kenya CEO Stanley Kamau while condoling the deceased family said police should produce Gachathi killers for the family to have justice.

"We want investigations conducted and culprits arrested and charged because we cannot have people shooting others like animals, "he said.

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