AMWIK calls for speedy probe into murder of Jennifer Wambua


The late Jennifer Wambua. PHOTO | COURTESY
The late Jennifer Wambua. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) is calling for the speedy finalization of the investigation into the murder of Ms. Jennifer Wambua.

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She was the Deputy Director of Communication at the National Land Commission (NLC). Ms. Wambua, a senior journalist, had been missing since March 12, 2021 but her body was found dumped in Ngong Forest.

“We note the heightened incidents of femicide in the country for all manner of reasons. The AMWIK family is concerned, saddened and condemns the cruel manner in which Jennifer lost her life. AMWIK sends a message of condolence to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms Wambua,” said Dr Dorothy Njoroge, AMWIK Chairperson.

Dr. Njoroge also expressed AMWIK’s condolences to families, friends and colleagues who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 including Winnie Mukami (formerly of NTV), Robin Njogu (Royal Media Services), Dr. Patricia Wawira Njuki (International Organisation for Migration) and Chebet Karago (formerly of Nation).

Dr. Njoroge stated that the media sector is ‘poorer due to their demise’.

“We note the aggressive nature of the third wave of COVID-19 and journalists are amongst some of worst-hit group of workers and need special consideration for the vaccine as they are on frontline providing critical information,” she said. “We therefore call on the government to equally look into easing the cost of treating for Covid 19 by allowing for partial treatment of the same by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to ease the pressure on families.”

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The AMWIK Chairperson further averred that it is important to address the transparency issues associated with the procurement of drugs and medical equipment supporting COVID-19 treatment.

She urged the Government to urgently invest in more emergency services and high dependency units.

 

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