Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered a fresh probe into a case in which Maureen Wambui died after she was run over by a prisons officer.
Prior to her death on the 15th on July, Maureen was from a party near Next-Gen Mall only to meet her death as she and her boyfriend Dennis Wambugu crossed the road.
According to Wambui’s boyfriend Dennis Baragu, who witnessed the crash, Sergeant Dismas Motogwa Gitenge drove to South C with the body on the roof of his vehicle after the hit run incident.
He later dumped the body almost three kilometres away from the accident spot, to her family and friends Maureen was a jovial girl and she was looking forward to having her baby.
Her sister Ruth Njoki also described her as a loving young lady who didn’t deserve to die too young.
“We feel we’ve lost our baby. We used to call her our baby because she was the last born. It’s so touching because no one would ever think she came last and left first.”
The family and her schoolmates are demanding for justice using the hashtag #JusticeforMaureen and we hope the long arm of the law is going to work efficiently.
Kenyatta University students held a vigil night for Maureen Wambui and a post on one of the Facebook pages read:
“A candlelight vigil in memory of our departed classmate #MaureenWambui
Maureen Wambui, a KU third year,Gender and Development Studies student lost her life on Sunday morning through ‘a hit and run’ road accident on Mombasa Road where she was hit and dumped by an overspeeding senior police warder’s car, who later rushed to report @Industrial area police station claiming that he’d hit a cow and not a human being, later released on a cash bail.
The body of Maureen has today been transferred to KU morgue from city mortuary. As the case is still in court and burial plans underway, we(Maureen’s classmates and family members) request every member of the public to join us in pushing for justice to be done for our departed colleague through every social media.
Get to all social media platforms and Post, Tweet, Retweet, Comment, like and share under the hashtag *#JusticeForMaureen.”
Here is a photo from the vigil
Police tried to protect one of their own from facing justice by excluding Maureen’s boyfriend from the witness list, misguiding her family on when the mentioning of the case would be and even entering wrong details on the charge sheet and the OB.
According to The Star, the officer attached to Nairobi West Prison was identified using his vehicle’s number plate. Director or Public Prosecution Noordin Haji is taking the matter seriously.
A tweet from his office read
“The DPP is giving the matter due attention. Appropriate directions will be given,”
Gitenge appeared at the Milimani Law Courts on July 16. He was charged with causing death through careless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to report that he had committed a crime.
The suspect pleaded not guilty to the first two charges and was fined Sh10,000 for the third charge, he was released on a Sh50,000 cash bail.
The family fears there is a conspiracy by police officers to let off their colleague on lighter charges, and feel the offence of driving with the body on his car and trying to conceal the crime should have been included in the charge sheet.
“We want him charged for that because it carries more weight,” Wambui’s brother Simon Ndiragu said.