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Kenyans are mourning the death of a popular environmentalist who was gunned down in Kiambu County on Thursday 15 under unclear circumstances.

According to the host of Wildlife Warriors CEO WildlifeDirect Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Joanna Stuchburry was shot four times in her driveway by unknown assailants.

Nothing was stolen.

According to the neighbors, a gang of about four had been strolling the neighborhood waiting for her until she arrived at 5 pm.

She was shot minutes after.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers visited the crime scene to conduct forensic analysis and launch investigations into the murder.

READ ALSO: Breaking: Caroline Kangogo Shoots Herself Dead At Her Parents Home

Dr Kahumbu, who is also a die-hard environmentalist who has dedicated all her life to saving the African wild, claims he was killed because of war with developers trying to grab a piece of Kiambu forest.

“Joanna Stuchburry was shot dead this afternoon known 4 her relentless attempts to protect Kiambu forest from developers,”she said on Twitter.

“She was shot four times in her driveway nothing was stolen. May she Rest in Eternal Peace. May the culprits be caught & punished.”

Joanna had initially claimed that he received death threats from a politician following his move to oppose the project which is being handled by a Chinese company.

President Uhuru Kenyatta mourned her saying Kenya has lost an important figure. 

“It is very sad, unfortunate and regrettable that bad people have senselessly taken away the life of Joanna Stuchburry in such a senseless manner.

“For the longest time, Joanna has been a steadfast champion for the conservation of our environment and is remembered for her relentless efforts to protect Kiambu forest from encroachment,” the President stated in the press release issued by State House on Friday morning, July 16.

Uhuru promised the killers behind the death of the lady will be apprehended.

“My government will pursue and apprehend the criminals behind the killing of Joanna. We will not allow a few misguided individuals to continue shedding the blood of innocent people working hard to make Kenya a better place for all of us,” he assured.

Here are how people reacted to the news:

@Mtwapabird:”Ver sad news. She was so passionate about saving the natural environment. May she RIP#Conservationheroine”

@ianwathe:”System ya majambazi tu. May she rest in peace, so sad”

@brownarthur:”One champion of conservation is down may champions arise, Rest Easy Champion”

@Jerrybettdenno:”Rest in peace The Environmental Champion”

@Kekitu:” Very sad indeed. She was to be the next Wangari Mathaai who stopped Moi from constructing buildings in Uhuru Park”

By Samora, KDRTV

US President Joe Biden and South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Photos via Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s United States Administration on Monday accused South Sudan government of perpetrating ethnic-based killings and for using food as a weapon of war, days after the country marked ten years of independence.

The report which also cites Ethiopia and Eritrea, among other countries, also said non-state actors in the world’s youngest countries have also perpetrated unlawful killings warning of further sanctions.

“The government has perpetrated extrajudicial killings including ethnic-based killings of civilians, widespread sexual violence, and use of food as a weapon of war,” the United States Department of State said in an annual Congress on genocide.

“Non-government armed groups also perpetrated unlawful killings, rape, sexual slavery, and forced recruitment of children,” the report seen by Sudans Post which also accused China of ethnic cleansing, said.

The report also referred to a February 2021 comment attributed to the State Secretary Anthony Blinken in which he stated that “those responsible for human rights violations in South Sudan must be held to account.”

It added that the department “continues to support civil society documentation to further truth, justice, and accountability and advocate for a robust mandate for the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan to collect and preserve evidence.” - Sudans Post

 

The Kilimani Police Division in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital city, has launched an  investigation into the mysterious death of two Nigerian men who lost their lives during a night party hosted at Skyhorse Apartment in Kilimani.

According to a police report, one of the men died after jumping from the 7th floor of the apartment under unclear circumstances while the other collapsed and died in the kitchen while preparing a meal for guests at the party.

Two other men collapsed and were rushed to the hospital where they are fighting for their lives.

The police said they suspected that the men were drugged by three Kenyan ladies they had invited to the party to provide them with escort services.

The three ladies, aged between 22 and 25, are in police custody.

They have since been identified as Verah Osebe, Anastheni Manji, and Diana Moraa. - SaharaReporters

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