'No burial until we know the truth!' Bungoma politician Joseph Kubende's family now says
The family of the
late prominent Bungoma political mobiliser Joseph Kubende now wants the
government to conduct speedy investigations into his death before he is laid to
The 42-year-old is
alleged to have jumped from the fourth floor balcony of GM apartments in
Roysambu estate, before being pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
The family, led by David
Shakama, said Kubende had secured a job in the United States of America just
recently and had only come for an assignment in Rwanda before flying back.
“Serikali ifanye investigation ya kutosha,
kwa sababu huwezi tuambia Joseph ametoka U.S akaenda kukaa na wenzake akawachwa
pekee yake alafu akatoka kwa gorofa ameanguka. Joseph Kubende is a politician
who has assisted a lot of politicians in Bungoma County and outside to get to leadership
positions,” said Mr. Shakama.
“So we understand that he might be targeted
by a few individuals, but we want to know the truth, and those people who were
with him tunaomba uchunguzi ufanyike na wakuje watuelezee kama familia. We’re
not going to bury Joseph kama serikali haijatuambia ukweli.”
Kimilili Member of
Parliament Didmus Barasa, who joined the family at their rural home in Bahai
village, expressed reservations about the suicide claim, alleging instead that
the deceased could have been killed.
He stated that has
already reached out to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to take
up the case from Kasarani Police Station, adding that everyone who was close
with the deceased in the hours leading to his death should be investigated and
the truth made public.
The legislator further
called for a repeat of the post-mortem exercise saying the family members were
not involved during the initial one.
“Wajinga waliisha Kenya,
there is no stupid person in this country. You cannot tell me that a person who
has just gotten international employment in the U.S, who was just visiting this
country from Rwanda in the call of duty, can commit suicide,” said Barasa.
“Joseph Kubende is a
very strong character, I have known him for vey many years. This is a gentleman
whom when faced with difficult circumstances, will say it out, and he will be
unwavered. So we’re asking on behalf of the people of Kimilili, and the family,
that this matter can be properly investigated.”
Kubende’s death has
left many people with more questions than answers as he is perceived to have
been very instrumental in political campaigns in Bungoma County.
officers, according to a statement seen by Citizen Digital dated March 23, say
Kubende was alone in the house at the time of the incident
“The injured was rushed to
Jesse Kay Hospital in Lumumba Drive by Good Samaritans while unconscious and
later referred to Radiant Hospital in Pangani for further medical attention,”
read the statement.
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