On Thursday, Kenyans woke up to the tragic news of the brutal execution of renowned environmentalist and journalist Joanna Stuchbury outside her Mushroom Estate home in Kiambu. Three days after the killing, detectives are making a progress in piecing up evidence to nab the killers, and a sitting Member of Parliament from Nakuru is among the suspects linked to the murder most foul.
Stutchbury, 67, was killed at 10 pm as she returned to her home. Her friends said she had stopped her car to clear branches blocking her driveway when the assailants ambushed and shot her several times on the neck and face. Neighbours found her body in the car with the engine still running and valuables not touched, suggesting the attack was not a robbery.
In 2018, Stutchbury also a journalist by profession vocally opposed attempts by powerful local businessmen to build on the nearby Kiambu forest and had received numerous death threats in the past.
While eulogising the activist on Thursday, President Uhuru described Stutchbury as a steadfast champion for the conservation of our environment, who is remembered for her relentless efforts to protect the Kiambu forest from encroachment.
The Head of State promised Government action to track down and apprehend killers of Ms. Stuchburry terming them cowardly enemies of the Kenyan nation.
“My Government will pursue and apprehend the criminals behind the killing of Joanna. We will not allow few misguided individuals to continue shedding blood of innocent people working hard to make Kenya a better place for all of us. Those are cowardly enemies of our country,” President Kenyatta said.