Tuesday, July 5, 2011

We killed two to warn robbers, say students

By ANGIRA ZADOCK zangira@ke.nationmedia.com

A group of university students has claimed responsibility for the death of two men whose charred bodies were found on Sunday.

The University of Nairobi students claimed the two were part of a gang that had been waylaying students near the campus at night and robbing them of valuables.

They claimed the gang was also responsible for several incidents in which female students were raped.

The students said they had formed a vigilante group and vowed to lynch more suspects. They accused the university security department of doing little to address their security concerns.

One of the victims has been identified by a relative as Mr Bonventure Odhiambo Ndubi, who was until May 18 an employee of Hatari Security Guards.

The other victim was identified by a relative as Moris Muiruri Mbau, 24, from Maragua.

Mr Mbau’s brother said he had told him that he planned to visit a friend at the university and spend the night there.

Police have written to the university administration to help them identify the rape victims allegedly attacked by the two men lynched by the students.

The officers are also looking for the students said to be patrolling the campus area.

Deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said they would speed up the investigations and forward the report to relevant authorities giving details relating to the death of the two.

“The two died under circumstances that raised reasonable suspicion that some other person committed the offence and we have commenced investigations together with the university administration,” said Mr Owino.

The university security department said it was wrong for the students to kill the suspects.

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights commissioner Hassan Omar said the students’ confession should form the basis of investigation and urged the police to bring the killers to book.

“That was an acknowledgement of commission of a crime,” he said.