No arrests made in conservationist Joannah Stutchbury’s assassination

Conservationist Joannah Stutchbury

President Uhuru Kenyatta had vowed his government would “find and punish the killers’’

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya Civil Society has kicked up a fresh storm over the failure by police to arrest any suspect in the murder of conservationist, Joannah Stutchbury. The police are accused of “ignoring” or “shielding” suspects behind the murder of the elderly conservator who had even reported that her life was in danger.

The Alliance for a Clean Environment project co-coordinator Mr Patrick Kamau and People Against Torture executive director Mr Hezekiah Abuya said in a statement that police had “failed Kenyans” and the international community by not arresting any suspect.

The lobby groups have written to DCI and DPP demanding action into the death of conservationists including that of an American in 2019

This they said despite the slain conservator posting fears on her Twitter account that her life was in danger from a group that wanted to construct a road through a forest, which she opposed.

Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, his officers are accused of “ignoring” or “shielding” suspects behind the murder of the elderly conservator

Her death by assassins in broad daylight was widely condemned and President Uhuru Kenyatta who at the time vowed to “find and punish the killers” who had “senselessly” murdered the conservationist “whose only crime was to preserve the environment for posterity.”

According to the lobby groups who have written to DCI and DPP demanding action into the death of conservationists including that of an American in 2019, there was ample “circumstantial evidence” that should have led to the arrest of suspects. Before her death, Stutchbury had accused a “senior” local politician of threatening her life.

In a tweet before her murder, the elderly woman claimed senior people were after her forest land and had threatened to kill her! She however added that she would “not be cowed” vowing to remain defiant to the bitter end.

 The US, UK, Canada and Denmark embassies and high commissions in Nairobi urged the Kenya police to follow “patent clues” that should lead to the arrest of suspects in the killing whose investigation is growing cold with each passing day.

Journalists for a Clean Environment in Kenya also condemned the murder saying the killers were after the forest land the lady has kept ‘green “for decades.

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