Leaders call for probe into killing of varsity lecturer

Monday February 15 2016

Ms Francis Misonge holds a portrait of his son

Ms Francis Misonge holds a portrait of his son Mr Alex Mariera at his home in Kiti, Nakuru on February 14, 2016. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Leaders have condemned the killing of an Egerton University lecturer and urged police to speed up investigations into the murder.

Mr Alex Mariera, 28, was brutally murdered on Thursday evening and his body found bundled in a car boot outside his compound at Kiti estate.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama called unfortunate the killing of the man, described as humble and diligent.

“I urge the security agents to conduct thorough investigations and bring to book those behind the murder of the youthful engineer,” said Mr Arama.

Meanwhile, Mr Arama called on Mr Mariera’s family to stay calm as police carry out investigations.

Rift Valley Council of Elders chairman Gilbert Kabage asked the government to tighten security in the county, saying recent cases of insecurity in Nakuru Town were worrying.

“I urge the police to increase patrols to deter crime. Incidents of insecurity that have been witnessed here in the past few weeks are a warning sign and we must deal with them as early as possible,” said Mr Kabage.

Mr Mariera, who was pursuing a master's degree in civil engineering at the University of Nairobi, was also part of a team of engineers developing a manual meant to develop ways of decongesting urban areas.

Mr Mariera was visiting Nakuru when he was killed, having travelled from Kirinyaga, where he worked as an engineer.

His father, Mr Francis Misonge, told the Nation his son had travelled to Nakuru to pick up the logbook of his car, which he had put up for sale on OLX.

Mr Misonge said his son had informed him that he had found a buyer.

“My son travelled from Kirinyaga to Nakuru on Wednesday to collect the logbook. He said the buyers were to pay him Sh950,000,” said Mr Misonge.

He said Mr Mariera arrived in Nakuru on Thursday around noon. Mr Misonge said he was in the company of people he said were the buyers.

His mother, Mrs Lucy Misonge, said she tried to reach her son on his mobile phone after he collected the car but without success.

“We had been communicating, but after he picked up the logbook and the vehicle, he did not answer my calls. The phone was later turned off,” said Mrs Misonge.

A post-mortem report revealed that Mr Mariera was shot in the back of the head at close range.