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October 23, 2018

Raila seeks end to Kenyans' premature deaths in accidents, murder

President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga at the burial ceremony of musician Joseph Kamaru in Murang'a on Thursday, October 11, 2018. /COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga at the burial ceremony of musician Joseph Kamaru in Murang'a on Thursday, October 11, 2018. /COURTESY

Those who cause the death of Kenyans on roads should be severely punished, ODM leader Raila Odinga has said.

He said the Wednesday killing of 56 people in an accident at Fort Ternan could have have been avoided.

Speaking at the burial of musician Joseph Kamaru, Raila said such premature deaths of Kenyans, also citing cases of murder, must be stopped.

"Vioja zinafanyika, wasichana wadogo wadogo wanauawa...Kamaru hangepeenda vitu kama hizi zifanyike...," he said.

(A lot of strange things are happening...girls being killed....Kamaru wouldn't have wanted these things to happen)

"Unafunga msichana unakata shingo... si hiyo ni unyama? Hiyo ni shetani.. wale ambao wanashika wasichana wadogo wanaua ni shetani...na shetani ashindwe."

(Someone ties up a girl and slashes her throat. Isn't that beastly or devilish? Those who do that are devils and they have to be defeated)

This was in apparent reference to the killing of businesswoman Monicah Kimani. The latter was slashed in the throat and her body deposited in a bathtub

Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu were charged with the murder. They will appear for plea taking on Friday. 

Details Kilimani woman found slaughtered, body dumped in bathtub

On matters politics, Raila further said he "agreed with President Uhuru Kenyatta to take all Kenyans to Canaan."

The ODM leader said his decision to work with Uhuru was with a view to dealing with tribalism.

"Kenya cannot grow if tribalism is entrenched. Let us ensure plenty is found within our borders... in the Bible, that is Canaan," he said.

He said Jubilee and NASA will ensure that all Kenyans reach 'Canaan'. 

Raila wowed the mourners with his brief story of how he met Kamaru in the musicians' studio at Luthuli Avenue, Nairobi.

"We then became good friends. When I visited this place (Murang'a) as Transport Minister, I met Kamaru again and he showed me how the roads were bad."

"They were like roads that lead to heaven. You know in the bible, we are told that the worst road is one that leads to heaven but the one that is tarmacked leads to hell."

He said Kenya has lost a person who was keen on the country's unity.  

Kamaru passed away on October 3 after developing breathing complications at MP Shah Hospital where he had been admitted.

The 79-year-old musician's career started in 1965. He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and was in and out of hospital since last year.

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