Joannah Stutchbury's Houseboy Spills Beans on MP Who Threatened Her

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Environmentalist Joannah Stutchbury confronts developers in Kiambu Forest
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Peter Murumbi, a houseboy in Environmentalist and activist Joannah Stutchbury's house on Saturday, July 17, stated that an MP from Nakuru County had threatened the deceased in 2018.

At the time, Murumbi noted that some developers wanted to grab land and build a road in the middle of the forest, something that Stutchbury was against.

She had sat on an excavator in protest and they were allegedly not happy about the move.

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Environmentalist and activist Joannah Stutchbury was shot dead outside her house on Thursday afternoon, July 15, 2021
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"It was early in the morning when we heard the engine sound of the excavator. So we all went to check what was happening. She confronted them and she was  threatened by people who had guns on that day," Murumbi told Citizen TV.

Following the incident, Stutchbury reported the incident to the police.

"The developer even pulled a gun on me telling me that he was going to kill me if I did not go home. Yeah! Right! Picked the wrong little lady," she wrote on social media.

Stutchbury was shot dead by unknown criminals outside her Kiambu house, on Thursday, July 15. 

On her social media pages, Conservationist Dr Paula Kahumbu alleged that the murder was related to the Stutchbury's fight for the environmental conservancy.

Tourism CS Najib Balala issued a statement on the matter on Saturday, July 17, condemning the incident and asking the relevant authorities to speed up investigations.

"We respect the work of committed environmental defenders as their focused dedication is a valuable contribution to our overall achievements in environmental conservation as a nation.

"It is a Constitutional right of every individual to give their opinions, which may not always be to the liking of others but there are civilized ways of agreeing to disagree without resorting to such levels of violence," reads the statement in part.

Former Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala during a visit to Maasai Mara.
Former Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala during a visit to Maasai Mara.
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