Gov Nyong'o's Noble Gesture to Baby Pendo Backfires
The death of the six-month-old infant was directly attributed to the police brutality meted against Kisumu residents on August 15, 2017. Post-mortem reports indicated that she was suffered severe injuries to the head.
However, his declaration irked many Kenyans who felt that the governor should have rather assisted the deceased's family to fight for justice.
He stated that the Kachok Ring Road would be renamed Baby Pendo Road, in honour of the infant.
"Baby Pendo is one of the unsung heroes we have. We honour her this day. It is for this reason that I declare Nyalenda Ring Road to the famous Kachok dumpsite be gazetted Baby Pendo Road," Ny'ong'o asserted.
He further stated that a hero’s park would be built within the lake city town to commemorate all heroes and heroines.
Her mother Lencer Achieng stated that she forgave the assailants of her helpless innocent child. However, the family was still seeking justice, with killers of the kid yet to be identified.
“I have forgiven the officer who killed my baby, but no amount of justice will compensate her loss,” Achieng stated in an interview with The Standard in 2018.
Kenyans on Twitter questioned the significance of Nyongo's gesture as compared to the family's quest for closure.
"On this, I agree with our Governor. However, then the question of the other victims and survivors fate comes up," Boniface Akach argued.
"Is this the real justice?" Mutichilo Mike wondered.
Video courtesy of TV 47.
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