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Tears as six night guards slaughtered in night raid are buried

Tears flowed freely as mourners gathered at Mitaboni Primary School playground in Machakos County to bid farewell to six night guards killed on Wednesday night by unknown people.

The mourners withstood the sweltering temperatures to attend a requiem mass presided over by the African Brotherhood Church Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki.

The six were butchered by a gang of 15 hooded attackers on August 17.

Various speakers at the ceremony decried insecurity in the county as County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa assured that she had made changes in the Kathiani sub-county security team.

Ms Sakwa said she had transferred officers from the station and also brought more to serve in the station following the attack.

“We have transferred officers and also added others. We have also arrested two suspects, one of them being a jailbird who was released from jail in May,” said Ms Sakwa.

She assured the families of the slain watchmen that justice will be done.

Kathiani Member of Parliament Robert Mbui blamed the county government for the death of two watchmen who died while being taken to Makueni hospital due to a doctors’ strike in Machakos.


Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala asked Members of the country assembly to reconstitute the county Social Welfare Board so that it can be responsive to the needs of families of the victims of accidents and insecurity since the current one had failed.

Archbishop Ndambuki said it was not the will of God for the six to die but a cruel act of evil men.
He said the government should put in place sound policies on security.

“What will help us is sound policies on security in order to protect ourselves and our resources,” he said.
The six were later  buried at their various homes after the joint requiem mass in the open ground.