CALLS FOR JUSTICE

Kiambu murders: Mason buried, family resigned to fate

Kinyanjui was a pastor at a Pentecostal church and worked as a mason to support his family.

In Summary

• It was fresh reliving of the crime as a member of the family reconstructed the scene of the murder, drawing from news reports and a postmortem examination they witnessed.

• Widow Florence was speechless all through the low-key service that ran for almost four hours. 

An almost perfect blend of anger, victimhood, and resignation to fate were all too palpable as James Kinyanjui Wambaa, 38, was buried in a public cemetery in Kiambu on Wednesday.

An almost perfect blend of anger, victimhood and resignation to fate was all too palpable as James Kinyanjui Wambaa, 38, was buried in a public cemetery in Kiambu on Wednesday. 

Relatives recounted how hardworking Wambaa left his wife and two children in their Nyahururu home to work as a mason in Kiambaa. Of all he expected, being slaughtered using a kitchen knife was none of it.

Wambaa was among the five people killed last week at a Kiambaa home in Karura, Kang’ong’o village. He was buried on Wednesday at Gathiga cemetery. 

It was also fresh reliving of the crime as a member of the family reconstructed the scene of the murder, drawing from news reports and a postmortem examination they witnessed. Most speakers expressed doubt that the whole crime was committed by one person.

“My brother was treated like an animal. His head was severed from the neck. The intestines were out. Signs of beating using a blunt object were clear,” Elizabeth Kinyanjui, Wambaa’s cousin, said.

“I believe this boy (the confessed suspect of the murders) is demon-possessed.”

Widow Florence was speechless all through the low-key service that ran for almost four hours. Her exhaustion from the shock and the emotion of it all too self-evident.

His seven-year-old firstborn son maintained blank stares, perhaps not immediately aware of the implication of the service to his life. His second child played with her hands, oblivious of the fact she will never again see her hardworking dad. She was carried by her mother.

The religious family repeatedly said they had forgiven the killers for the injustice meted out to them. Wambaa was a pastor at a Pentecostal church.

“But even if we are poor, we hope we will get justice, even if it is for the sake of these little children,” said a family member as he paid tribute.

"We laud the DCI for the swift action it appears to be taking. But we hope Kinyanjui gets equal justice as well," another speaker said.

"May be it was the will of God. He will avenge for us," yet another relative said.

The burial ceremony was attended by residents and local leaders, area MCA, former MCA and a representative from the governor's office.