President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned the killing of Kenyan environmentalist Joanna Stuchburry and ordered security agencies to immediately launch a probe into the matter with a view of tracking down the perpetrators behind the heinous act.
Joanna, renowned for her tireless efforts to conserve the vast Kiambu forest, was assassinated by unknown people on Thursday, July 15, at her home.
In his condolence message to the family, relatives and friends, the president indicated that his administration greatly appreciates her contribution to conserving the environment.
“It is unfortunate that we have lost Joanna in such a senseless manner. This is a person who for the longest time, has been on the forefront in championing for the conservation of our environment and is remembered for her relentless efforts to protect Kiambu forest from encroachment,” Uhuru said in a statement.
The head of state promised government action to track down and apprehend her killers, terming them cowardly enemies of the Kenyan nation.
“I wish to assure the country that my administration will leave no stone unturned. We are going to pursue and apprehend the criminals behind the killing of Joanna. We shall not sit down and give room for few misguided persons to continue killing innocent people working hard to make this country a better place for all of us,” said Uhuru.
The president prayed to God to give the family of Joanna strength and fortitude to bear the tragic loss of their loved one.
Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) visited the home of the slain conservationist on Friday, July 16.
While commenting on her death, WildLife Direct Chief Executive Officer Paul Kahumbu said she received the devastating news with shock.
”Kenyans, especially those of us who work in environmental conservation, knew Joanna very well. She was a fierce defender of the environment and a very courageous woman who knew and understood the importance of protecting forests and wildlife,” Kahumbu told journalists at the home of Joanna in Mushroom Gardens estate.