Kenya: President Kenyatta condemns killing of renowned environmentalist, Joanna Stuchburry 

Environmentalist and Activist Joanna Stuchburry. [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya– Environmentalist and activist Joanna Stuchburry was shot dead by unknown assailants outside her home near Windsor Country Club at around 10pm on Thursday Night.

Stuchburry’s killing appeared to be coordinated following her alleged fight for environmental conservancy.

WildLife Direct Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paula Kahumbu who also broke the news on her social media pages said the killers were not after money or material.

“Joanna Stuchburry was shot dead this afternoon known 4 her relentlessly attempts to protect Kiambu forest from developers – she was shot four times in her driveway nothing was stolen. May she Rest in Eternal Peace. May the culprits be caught and punished.” Dr. Kahumbu wrote.

According to reports, the assailants put Logs and branches across the road near her home. She stopped and was shot. The neighbours found her dead with her car engine still running.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers visited the crime scene to conduct investigations into the crime murder.

Joanna Stuchburry was known for her relentless efforts to protect Kiambu Forest from encroachment by developers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has condemned her killing and ordered security agencies to track down the perpetrators of the heinous act. He termed the slayers as cowardly enemies of the Kenyan nation.

In his message of condolence to the family, relatives and friends, President Kenyatta said his administration greatly appreciates the contribution of Ms Stuchburry in conserving the environment.

“It is very sad, unfortunate and regrettable that bad people have senselessly taken away the life of Joanna Stuchburry in such a senseless manner.

“For the longest time, Joanna has been a steadfast champion for the conservation of our environment and is remembered for her relentless efforts to protect Kiambu forest from encroachment,” the President mourned.

“My Government will pursue and apprehend the criminals behind the killing of Joanna. We will not allow few misguided individuals to continue shedding blood of innocent people working hard to make Kenya a better place for all of us. Those are cowardly enemies of our country,” President Kenyatta added.