Manâ€™s relentless bid to give a voice to the voiceless
On May 9, Njoroge’s daughter Monica Nyambura was fatally electrocuted when playing outside their home in Kikopey. His neighbour, who owns a kiosk that was illegally connected to electricity, claimed Njoroge was behind the illegal connection. “My daughter was killed and the police arrested me for something I did not do,” he said when recalling the incident.
Kuria wrote to the Office of Ombudsman , the Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) asking them to relook the case. Njoroge was released and an investigation into the incident launched. Another recent beneficiary of Kuria’s pro-bono representation is the family of a 10-year-old girl who was defiled by a second year student of Egerton University in 2014. When the Officer Commanding Njoro Police Station released the suspect, Hannah Wanjiru, the girl’s grandmother, asked Kuria for help. With his help, the suspect John Nduati Kamau was arrested and is now serving a 20-year jail term. Poor health “This is what I do. I fight for the rights of the down-trodden and the voiceless,” he says. But Kuria, a father of five, has on countless occassions spent cold nights in police cells in the name of fighting for others. “Between 1992 and 2002, I was arrested several times for my involvement in human rights issues and charged with incitement,” he says. At the height of crackdown of dissidents, he was linked to an incident where veteran politician Koigi Wa Wamwere, Geoffrey Gatungu (GG), Ngengi Njuguna, James Maigua and Charles Kuria Wamwere were accused of storming Bahati Police Station to steal guns. “I was locked up at Kericho GK Prison for months before being released unconditionally. I have never recovered from that incarceration and I am of poor health owing to a breathing problem,” Kuria recalls. Despite the challenges, the paralegal trained human rights crusader says he does not regret being involved in the fight for justice for poor members of the society. As a result, Kuria has grown up with political awareness and social conscience, which made him more determined to give a voice to the voiceless. “As a paralegal, I have fought against all kinds of human rights violations, from police brutality, oppression of children and women labour to persecuted religious minorities for more than 30 years,” he says. He has established the Nakuru Human Rights Network, a regional rights lobby group. “The rights and freedoms for the person are just as important as the air we breathe,” he says. He has received a recognition award, Giraffe Heroes-Kenya, for his commitment and meritorious service to the community.
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