Ngilu weeps as she testifies in friend's murder case
SEE ALSO :Ngilu flies back into assembly storm“I was with the former mayor when suddenly a county government truck plunged into the demonstrators outside the Kitui police station and crushed her to death. Martha and I were old friends and we had been called to defend the traders’ source of livelihood,” said Ngilu. Philip Isika, a driver with the county government, has denied causing Martha’s death. Advocates Daniel Kithome and Katunga Mbuvi represented the accused and Martha’s family, respectively, while the prosecution was led by Vincent Mamba. The governor said she missed death by a whisker after her aide pulled her out of harm's way as the crowd scampered for safety. “Martha was not lucky. The truck hit and flung her ahead before crushing her on the head and mid-section. She died instantly as pandemonium ensued at the scene,” Ngilu said, in tears.
SEE ALSO :Kibwana calls for a ceasefire in KituiThe governor described the former mayor as brave, warm-hearted, generous, a good listener and motherly, adding that her "untimely and brutal" death had left Kitui residents shocked and devastated. On cross-examination by Mr Kithome, Ngilu said she did not see the driver before or after the incident, but she saw the truck speed away from the scene. Justice Mutende adjourned the hearing to July 31.
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